Dublin Castle, Wednesday 29th November 2017:
Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development (left) and Martin O'Sullivan, Chairman of Irish Water Safety (right) present the Seiko Just In Time Award to Carlow's Garry Maddock and Joseph Middleton at the annual IWS Awards Ceremony. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport
14. Incident occurred in Carlow – Garry Maddock (Carlow) & Joseph Middleton (Carlow)
On the 23rd of May 2017, Joseph Middleton heard a boy by the name of Garry Maddock call out to him for help. Joseph observed that Garry was in a dingy and in the process of trying to haul a man out of the water at Carlow town park. Joseph rushed to join Garry in the dinghy and both of them managed to drag the drowning man from the water. They sat the man up and pushed on his chest. The man started gasping and coming around, much to their relief. Emergency services arrived on the scene and the man was taken to hospital where he made a full recovery.