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Press Release 21st June 2006


Due to the brave efforts of three Eastern Regional Fisheries Board staff, a local Drogheda woman was saved from drowning in North Quay, Drogheda last Thursday, 15th June.

The three Fisheries staff, Kevin O’Brien (Assistant Inspector), Fergal Caffrey (Assistant Inspector) and Sean Ivory (Fisheries Officer) had just finished a sea patrol near Howth and were returning to the Quay at 5.00pm when they discovered a woman lying face down in the water. Without hesitation, Sean Ivory jumped into the water and turned the woman over pulled her towards the boat. As soon as Kevin and Fergal had lifted the woman into the boat, she regained consciousness and resuscitation was not required. Once ashore, the woman was rushed off to hospital by ambulance.

Pictured on a patrol exercise in Drogheda Bay are Eastern Regional Fisheries Board staff from left to right: Gerry Wynne, Sean Ivory, Maureen Byrne and Kevin O’Brien

There is no doubt that if Kevin, Fergal and Sean had not been in the right place at the right time, the woman may not have survived the incident. Pat Doherty, Acting Chief Executive of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board was full of praise for the three inspectors: ‘Marine rescues are not generally part of the remit of the Board; our role is focused on the protection and development of inland fisheries and sea resources within the Eastern Region. However, this rescue demonstrates the high calibre of staff we have with the Board. Without hesitation and showing great courage; they acted in a professional and competent manner and did all they could to save this woman’s life. They should be very proud of themselves – we most definitely are’

Media enquiries: Marketing Angling Co-ordinator, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 087 2746127

Notes to Editor:
The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board is a statutory authority whose function is to conserve, develop, protect, manage and promote the inland fisheries and sea angling resources within its jurisdiction. The Region extends from the border in Northern Ireland to South of the Wexford coast and includes all catchments which enter the sea between these boundaries.

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