Kevin Barry, originally of Upper Kickham Street, Thurles, was awarded the Seiko ‘Just In Time’ Water Safety Award during a ceremony on Tuesday, 27th November. Kevin Barry (40), son of Mr and Mrs Michael Barry, now lives in Dublin and won the award for an incident last May where he and another man, Mr. Daragh Lavelle, helped two swimmers off the coast of Dun Laoghaire. Irish Water Safety provided a summary of the incident.
“On the 25th May 2012, at the 40 foot, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire, Kevin Barry was taking his regular swim when he heard a male shouting for help. He observed two males in trouble in the water. Without hesitation, Kevin immediately swam to one struggling male, placed his arm around him and brought him to safety. On hearing shouts for help, Daragh entered the water and swam 200 meters out to assist Kevin with the rescue of the other male. He checked the male once at the shore and placed him into the recovery position”.
The ceremony was held in Dublin City Hall, and the awards presented by Mr John Perry TD, Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Mr Perry said that “an average of 140 drownings occur in Ireland every year”, though last year this figure was down to 128. On the day, awards were given to 26 rescuers involved in 22 near-death rescues.