Patrick & Morgan Oliver

  • A father and son, who rescued two paddle boarders off the Galway coast in August, today came to the assistance of a swimmer who got into difficulty off Salthill.

    Patrick and Morgan Oliver made national headlines in August after coming to the rescue to two cousins, who had spent a night at sea after their paddle boards drifted out into the ocean.

    This morning, a member of the public raised the alarm at about 10.30 when a swimmer got into difficulty at Salthill, and the Galway Lifeboat was launched.

     Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time, and spotted the swimmer taking refuge on Palmer's Rock - about 200 metres from the shore.

    They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks.

    The man was taken to the Lifeboat Station where he was treated for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

    The Galway RNLI says many people who have taken up sea swimming this year, during the Covid lockdown, may not realised the dangers of winter swimming, and should know their limits.