Cork rescuers to be honoured at Irish Water Safety’s national ceremony

Cork rescuers to be honoured at Irish Water Safety’s national ceremony

Passage West man Martin Cullinane, who won a National Bravery Award earlier this year, will today receive an award from the Irish Water Safety Award. 

THREE rescuers, who saved people from drowning in Cork, will today receive awards at the Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle.

Thirty-six lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at 2.30pm today.

Among them will be Martin Cullinane, Dianna Stewart and Garda David O’Sullivan.

Mr Cullinane saved two young brothers from drowning in Passage West and became the face of an Irish Water Safety campaign this summer to create awareness about the dangers of drowning.

The younger of the two boys was floating lifeless a good distance away from his brother when Mr Cullinane made the 12 ft dive to save the two boys.

The campaign which was viewed over 350,000 times online sees the Cork man appeal to parents to ensure that their children learn swimming and lifesaving skills at the earliest opportunity.

On the evening of the 10th of May at St Patrick’s Quay, Dianna Stewart observed a man unconscious in the water.

She immediately entered the water and swam to the casualty before Garda O’Sullivan arrived on the scene and entered the water.

He assisted Dianna and they both held onto the casualty for twenty minutes until emergency services arrived.

The man was brought to safety and after a number of weeks made a full recovery.

Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development, Seán Canney will present the “Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award” to the rescuers.

‘It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous recipients,” he said.

“Tragically an average of 127 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 127 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of Irish Water Safety volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.”

Long-Service Volunteer Awards will also be presented to 63 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 1,315 years of service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.

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