Tuesday 17th November 2015, Dublin:
Seamus McCarthy and Fionnuala Quigley who received Seiko Just In Time Awards with Garda Brian O'Donnell who received a Community & Social Responsibility Award.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport
Garda Brian O’Donnell
Community & Social Responsibility Award
Inish Mor, Aran islands
On the 8th of April, Apu Gupta, an Indian tourist was swept off a rocky ledge by a wave on Inis Mór, Galway. The accident was witnessed by tourist and advanced paramedic Seamus McCarthy and his girlfriend Fionnula Quigley. Seamus phoned 999 but there was no reception, so Fionnuala ran to the nearest house to call for help. Meanwhile, Seamus put together a makeshift rescue rope using a jacket and backpack and lowered it to the casualty. She tightened the backpack around her waist and Seamus and another person began to pull her slowly up the cliff face. They successfully pulled her to safety and Seamus managed to stabilise her until the rescue helicopter arrived then took her to the hospital. The person made a full recovery.