AN EYEWITNESS HAS described how musician Damien Dempsey saved a man from drowning yesterday.
The incident happened in Enniscorthy Co Wexford, where the singer-songwriter had been performing at the StrawberryFest concert.
Mark Ronan, a retired member of the New Ross Fire Service, told South East Radio he was walking along the River Slaney when he saw that two men were in difficulty.
“It was quite noticeable that one of them couldn’t swim and the other guy couldn’t swim a whole lot, but there didn’t seem to be much of a panic.”
When no one reacted, Ronan said he shouted: “Can anyone (using a word I’m not going to use on South East Radio) swim?”
Everyone was looking and suddenly this guy walked up, who I kind of recognised, with what looked like a blanket or a sheet in his hand. Very cool. He took off his shoes, climbed down the embankment and swam out to where the guy was, handed him part of this blanket or sheet and towed him in with it.
Ronan said that the second man “made his own way in”.
Damien Dempsey actually came up out of the water, picked up his shoes, cool as you like. Walked off and the water dripping out of him. Very, very professional what he did.
Ronan added that Dempsey “deserves great credit” for his “act of heroism”.
He didn’t look for any pats on the back off anyone, just went off about his business.
You can listen to the interview below.