Dublin Castle, Wednesday 29th November 2017:<br />
Des Fitzgerald at the annual IWS Awards Ceremony who received a Seiko Just In Time Award.<br />
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport<br />
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Incident occurred in Limerick City – Des Fitzgerald (Limerick)<br />
On the 18th of September 2017, Des had just parked his car when he heard screams coming from a park at Arthurs Quay.  He immediately ran towards the calls for help and noticed two people in the water.  One of the casualties was unresponsive and the other was holding onto a ringbuoy.  Des asked people nearby to alert emergency services.  He entered the water and brought the first casualty to the riverbank where he instructed people to keep the casualty afloat while they awaited emergency services.  In the meantime, Des got back into the water to rescue the second person by supporting her head and keeping her afloat.  With the assistance of a rowing boat Des helped the fire bridge unit and rowers to haul the casualty into the boat where Des immediately began CPR.  In due course the fire brigade rescue boat arrived at the scene at which point the casualty was transferred over and brought to awaiting paramedics.   The woman was taken to hospital where she made a full recovery.
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Dublin Castle, Wednesday 29th November 2017:
Des Fitzgerald at the annual IWS Awards Ceremony who received a Seiko Just In Time Award.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Incident occurred in Limerick City – Des Fitzgerald (Limerick)
On the 18th of September 2017, Des had just parked his car when he heard screams coming from a park at Arthurs Quay. He immediately ran towards the calls for help and noticed two people in the water. One of the casualties...
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