A 14 year-old student and a man are being hailed as heroes after dramatically rescuing an 80 year-old local woman from the River Suir in Carrick-on-Suir this morning.
The elderly woman is recovering in South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel after being pulled from the river at the South Quay by Scoil Mhuire Secondary School student Joyita Wootton and Michael Murphy shortly after 10am.
Joyita from Riverside Mews, Carrickbeg was walking her two dogs along the South Quay opposite Carrick River Rescue's depot around 10am when she spotted the woman in distress in the river clinging to the side of a boat that was drifting in the water. The woman had managed to get a foothold on a rock but Joyita said she had been in the river sometime and was very cold and dizzy.
She rang 999 and waded into the river, held onto the woman and called out for help to Mr Murphy walking his dog on the opposite North Quay. Mr Murphy from Knocknagow House apartments on the North Quay rushed over and between the two of them they managed to pull the woman out of the river.
Gda. Pat Kelly, who arrived on the scene within minutes of the emergency alert, said the elderly woman was still conscious but very confused and extremely cold after being taken from the river. She was wrapped in a foil blanket and taken by ambulance to hospital.
He paid tribute to Ms Wootton and Mr Murphy for their quick thinking and heroic actions in saving the woman. He said she wouldn't have survived another 20 minutes in the river if they hadn't pulled her to the riverside when they did. "She would have drowned only for the two of them coming to her aid," he said.
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