13:50 Saturday, 21 November 2020
A swimmer who got into difficulty off Salthill this morning has been rescued by Galway fishermen Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, with assistance from the Galway RNLI Lifeboat.
Salthill was busy with swimmers and prom walkers at the time and a member of the public raised the alarm around 10.30am.
The Irish Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks. Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.
Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmer’s Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore.
They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down.
The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.
Amazingly, this is the third rescue by the father and son in the past four months.
The pair famously rescued cousins Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney in August, after they spent a whole night at sea.
Deputy Launch Authority Seán Óg Leydon says many people who have taken up sea swimming this year during the Covid lockdown may not realise the dangers of winter swimming:
“The sea is a great resource for us but we have to respect it and our limits. Luckily this swimmer made his way to a place he could rest and wait for assistance.”