Naval officer honoured for rescuing a man from the water in Cobh

Naval officer honoured for rescuing a man from the water in Cobh
Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe; Chief Petty Officer Ruarí de Barra; Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michel Ring TD; and Ray Wickham of Irish Water Safety.

A CORK-BASED naval officer has been honoured for saving the life of a man 13 years ago.

Chief Petty Officer Ruairí de Barra was presented with an award from Irish Water Safety on Wednesday in Dublin.

The presentation was made by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring. A spokesman for his department said that Ruairí de Barra responded after seeing a man struggling in the water at Kennedy Pier in Cobh on June 2, 2006. He had been alerted by a group of teenagers who had been calling for help for the man.

The spokesman said: “Ruairí attempted his rescue by fashioning a sling from a rope located up the quay, securing it to a fence and lowering it down to the casualty in the water. 

"Once secured, Ruairí lifted the man onto the quay and into safety. The man made a full recovery.” 

Ruairí de Barra is originally from Mayo. He was part of the Operation Pontus humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2015 and on the European Naval Forces Operation Sophia mission in 2018.

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