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Friday 22 June 2018

Medal of Conor: Hero lifeguard gets award

Conor Wright with station officer Justin Burns and colleague John Keogh. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Conor Wright with station officer Justin Burns and colleague John Keogh. Pic: Gerry Mooney

A hero lifeguard has been honoured after dramatically saving a man's life at a Dublin swimming pool.

Conor Wright (25), who works at Swan Leisure in Rathmines, managed to resuscitate the man, believed to be in his 60s, after he got into difficulty while in the water.

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) was alerted to the incident which happened at around 10am last Thursday.

Resuscitate

While emergency services were on their way to the scene, Conor managed to drag the man out of the water and onto the poolside.

It is understood he had gone into cardiac arrest as he had been drowning.

However, Conor had managed to resuscitate him fully by the time the DFB arrived at the centre.

Station officer Justin Burns told the Herald that Conor's heroics meant the victim would be able to make a full recovery and not be affected by the incident.

Mr Burns said the man was sitting up in bed at St James's Hospital just a few hours later that day.

"He absolutely saved the guy's life. We're fully chuffed with him," he added.

"We fully promote people getting engaged in rescues once it is safe to do so."

Because of his actions, Conor was awarded a double-sided coin, known as the 'Lifesaver token', by the DFB.

Engraved onto the coin are the words "when help was needed you were there".

Speaking to the Herald last night, Conor said he was honoured by the award but shaken by the incident.

He said he thought the man may have been dead already and thanked those who supported him.

"I was on the pool deck just making sure everything was neatly put and I spotted your man in the water," Conor said, adding that he jumped in straight away.

Lucky

"I managed to get his head above the water and he had lost a lot of colour in his face.

"We got extremely lucky that he came back [to life]."

Connor said he had not been expecting to be honoured for his actions.

However, he said he hoped that more people would learn CPR because it could save a life in an emergency.

Conor received the award, alongside his parents, Tom and Sharon, outside Swan Leisure yesterday morning.

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