Frankie Fay, who rescued a man from the River Dee by throwing him a lifebelt, was praised for his quick thinking and action by Ardee Town Council at their monthly meeting
The man had fallen into the river at Dawsons’ Bridge.
Frankie was walking home across the bridge when he heard somebody calling and realised that somebody had fallen in.
He threw the man a lifebelt and managed to keep him afloat until gardai arrived at the scene and were able to rescue him from the river.
Cllr Finnan McCoy praised Frankie for saving the man’s life and appealed to people not to interfere with the lifebelts along the river.
Cllr Fintan Malone said the lifebelts are there for a purpose.
It was also mentioned that one member of the public voluntarily checks the lifebelts along the riverbank each week.
Some lifebelts had been vandalised in the past.
Councillors pointed out that this rescue has once again shown the need to make sure that these
lifebelts are not damaged.
“This man could have lost his life and if the lifebelt had not been there I dread to think what might have happened,” Cllr Farrelly said at the time of the incident.