Tributes have been paid to five Galway teenagers who rescued a man from the river Corrib during the Macnas parade in Galway on Sunday evening.

14-year old Seán Oliver and four of his teenage friends pulled the man from the fast flowing waters shortly after 6pm as thousands of people had gathered for the Halloween street festival.

The teenagers, who have sought to play down their actions, were in a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) and en route to tie up and watch the parade at the time.

Seán Oliver is a trained boat handler and has been a member of Galway Sea Scouts.

His uncle Dave Oliver, who works with the Galway Fire Service and is an RNLI lifeboat coxswain, had just come off duty when he was alerted to a man in the water.

Mr Oliver ran down towards the pier and called out to his nephew in the Rib.

He said it was dark, and they found it difficult to see the man at first, but then managed to haul him into their boat.

Galway Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel were at the scene within minutes.

The man was given emergency medical treatment and taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, where he has made a recovery.

 

 

 

 

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