Ireland: A brave man drowned trying to save 3 teenage boys being swept out to sea near Courtown Harbour,Co Wexford – 270513 0935z

(Photo: wikimedia.org / Ingo Mehling) Courtown Harbour (17 August 2010)

“A man drowned on Saturday afternoon after coming to the aid of three teenagers who got into difficulties while swimming in the harbour at Courtown Co Wexford.

The dead man has been identified as 39-year-old James OReilly from Cabra in Dublin. He had travelled to the resort town with a group of school children who were to take part in a football match over the weekend.

The incident occurred shortly before 1pm when a group of three 14-year-olds, including the son of Mr OReilly, went for a swim off the end of the pier.

They got into difficulty in strong currents and were being swept out to sea when the victim went to their assistance.

Although the day was warm, the water was said to be freezing and in the strong currents all four got into difficulty.

Members of the Courtown RNLI Lifeboat ( )volunteer crew were sitting an exam in a boathouse nearby and the lifeboat was immediately launched and was at the scene within minutes.

When it got there it was met by a Courtown Sailing Club dinghy rescue boat and the Courtown Sea Safari charter boat and the swimmers were pulled from the water.

The man was transferred to the Lifeboat where attempts at resuscitation began. The lifeboat docked and a local doctor assisted the crew until an ambulance arrived.

The man was pronounced dead on scene and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where a post mortem was set to take place.

The teenagers were treated for hypothermia and shock but did not suffer any serious injury.” – irishtimes

Courtown RNLI respond to callout involving three children and an adult

A man lost his life and three children were brought to safety this afternoon (Saturday 25 May) in Courtown when the children who were swimming off the end of the pier got into difficulty in strong currents.

In danger of being swept  out to sea, the father of one of the children entered the water to go to their assistance.

(Photo: RNLI/Courtown) Courtown RNLI

Courtown Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 12.44 pm and went directly to the scene, where a Courtown Sailing Club dinghy rescue boat and the Courtown Sea Safari charter boat had just arrived.

All four people had just been taken from the water when the lifeboat arrived. The adult casualty, who was in need of assistance, was transferred to the Lifeboat.

The lifeboat crew immediately began first aid and the three children were brought ashore and taken to the Courtown RNLI Lifeboat station.

Local medical personnel also assisted the Lifeboat crew until the ambulance service arrived on scene.
The Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 was called to the scene from Dublin, and a winch man was lowered down to assist with the emergency.

Tragically, the casualty, a man in his late thirties, was later pronounced dead by a local doctor.

Courtown RNLI Lifeboat volunteer Aine Stafford said, “Courtown RNLI Lifeboat Crew extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased, and commends all those who assisted in rescue operations today, including members of Courtown Sailing Club, Courtown Coastguard, the ambulance crews, the helicopter crew, Gardai, the local medical personnel, and the members of the public who assisted.” ” – RNLI

Goaty’s News gathers that Colm Moloney & Darren Mullen from
Courtown Sailing Club were involved with others in the rescue.

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