Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, TD, presents National Bravery Awards at Farmleigh House ceremony.
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, TD, presented 21 awards in recognition of outstanding acts of bravery at a national ceremony in Farmleigh House.
Pictured at the awards were:
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett and Derek Allen is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery,
Sea Rescue at Bettystown beach
On 15th August, 2002, Derek Allen (who was 18 at the time) and his father were enjoying a day out at Bettystown Beach, Co. Meath, when a twelve year old girl who was swimming in a rubber ring got into difficulty and drifted out to sea. Despite the fact that Derek was at the other end of a packed beach he raced into the water and swam for fifteen minutes until he reached the girl. His father followed and assisted Derek in bringing the girl back safely to the shore. The girl was reported as being cold and frightened but otherwise well.
There is no doubt, but for the swift actions of Derek Allen, the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Mr. Allen displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts
Derek Allen is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery,
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