‘A great role model’: Ballincollig boy honoured for river rescue

‘A great role model’: Ballincollig boy honoured for river rescue

Shay Crowley, Ballincollig, who has been honoured by his rugby club, Ballincollig RFC, for rescuing two people from the water at Ballincollig Regional Park last July. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

A young rugby player from Ballincollig was recognised for his quick-thinking and bravery after he saved two people from drowning during the summer.

Fourteen-year-old Shay Crowley, who plays on the under 16 Ballincollig RFC team, was presented with a special trophy after a match on Saturday.

A video of the presentation by club President Jim Nyhan was uploaded on social media and has been viewed over 70,000 times within 24 hours.

The second-year Coláiste Choilm student had been playing ball in the water at Ballincollig Regional Park last July when the ball floated into deeper water.

Two of his friends got into difficulty while attempting to retrieve it.

A young boy and girl found themselves in deep water and struggled to get back to the shallow part of the river.

Shay went to help and was pushed underwater by the pair who were panicking.

The young athlete pushed the two off him and then threw the girl back to shallow water before jumping onto the rocks and throwing a lifebuoy into the boy who was being swept downstream.

Speaking to The Echo, Mr Nyhan said it was a courageous act of bravery by Shay that had to be recognised.

“He is a good young lad, very reserved, mannerly, and polite, he is a good kid and a great role model for others.”

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