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Galway father and son save swimmer off Salthill in another sea rescue

The two fishermen were given a mayoral award earlier this year for their rescue of two paddleboarders.

Patrick and Morgan appeared on The Late Late Show earlier this year.
Patrick and Morgan appeared on The Late Late Show earlier this year.
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GALWAY FATHER AND son Patrick and Morgan Oliver have recorded another rescue, saving a swimmer who got into difficulty off Salthill this morning.

The Olivers were fishing off Salthill in Galway Bay morning when a swimmer was spotted taking refuge on Palmer’s Rock, about 200 metres from shore.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public, and the father and son took the man on board and brought him to Galway docks.

The man was taken into the Galway RNLI station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

The father and son were given a mayoral award several months ago for their rescue of paddleboarders Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney off the southernmost Aran island of Inis Oírr in mid-August after 15 hours at sea.

Several weeks after that, the Olivers rescued a man from the river Corrib.

Their relatives, Martin and Tom Oliver, who were also fisherman, lost their lives after an accident in the bay early this month.

The Galway RNLI lifeboat was launched in this morning’s incident, and two members of the lifeboat crew also made their way to Salthill promenade to assist.

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Galway RNLI deputy launch authority Seán Óg Leydon said many people who have taken up sea swimming this year during the Covid-19 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,” he said.

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