Sunday 24 March 2019

Swimmer rescued from sea is lucky to be alive

The moment a woman was thrown a life ring at Sandycove Harbour after waves and strong winds overcame her
The moment a woman was thrown a life ring at Sandycove Harbour after waves and strong winds overcame her

This is the extraordinary moment when a swimmer had to be rescued from the stormy sea in Dublin.

Gardai have warned people not to go swimming after the woman got into trouble in Dun Laoghaire yesterday morning.

Video footage has emerged online showing people, including Edward Thomas (50), going to the woman's aid at Sandycove Harbour.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Thomas' wife Gwen said she is in no doubt that the person rescued from the water would have died had others not been present.

"Our electricity was out so we decided to go for a drive to get some supplies and we stopped at Sandycove," she said.

"There were people there running over to the water so we got out to see what the problem was. Then we saw the woman struggling in the water.

"She was fighting against the waves, so my husband and another man threw the life ring over to her and she fortunately was able to grab it and they dragged her out.

"She couldn't even stand, she was that exhausted, so she sat down for 10 minutes to catch her breath.


"Without a doubt, if those people hadn't been there to throw in the ring for her she would have died.

"The waves were pushing her against the rocks and were dragging her under."

The rescued swimmer was not the only person Mrs Thomas saw take to the water.

"As soon as they got her out, two men togged up and got into the water after all that happened. I couldn't believe it," she said.

"Luckily, a police car came and once they put the sirens on they two men quickly got out.

"This is proof that it doesn't matter how good a swimmer you are, you can't compete against a storm or the raging current."

A garda spokesman told the Herald: "We are advising people not to go swimming as there are extremely high tides."

Despite a status red snow-ice warning still being in place, some swimmers have ignored this.

People also defied a status red warning during Hurricane Ophelia, when videos and pictures emerged of people swimming in Salthill, Co Galway, and at the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire.

Elsewhere, motorists are being advised to continue to drive with caution in the coming days.

The AA has warned that as the snow thaws there is a significant risk of surface moisture building up, and potentially instances of localised flooding.

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