Hero mum thanked for saving girl's life
A mother-of-two has been hailed as a hero for saving a 10-year-old girl's life after she got into difficulty while swimming at an Irish beach.
Ann-Marie Mulrooney said she believes she owes her daughter Grace's life to Michelle Cremin, who battled a notorious rip-current to save the child on June 24.
The incident happened off Inch Beach in Co Cork.
"I couldn't bring closure until I had found Michelle - I tried to find her in the days after the incident but I couldn't find her," said Ann-Marie.
"I wanted to thank her for what she did. Michelle bought that girl enough time for other people to come and help."
Ann-Marie eventually contacted Joe Duffy on RTE's Liveline show and contact was made with Michelle.
The Tipperary woman publicly thanked Michelle on the show for saving her daughter's life, describing it as a "very traumatic and very dangerous situation".
Michelle played down her role, but admitted that she prayed to two deceased relatives during the rescue because she feared both she and Grace would drown that day.
"I was not going to let her drown in front of me - I wasn't going to let that happen," she said.
"I am a good, strong swimmer and I know that beach like the back of my hand," Michelle added.
The child was wearing a life-vest but was being swept offshore by the notorious current.