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Teenager helps rescue swimmer off Wicklow coast

Conor Power (17) has received praise for assisting a swimmer who got into difficulty at Greystone’s beach.

Conor, who is a member of the Poseidon Lifesaving Group in Greystones, was originally supposed to complete a physical education project on the beach but those plans were cancelled due to rough conditions.

While walking on the beach with his friend, he noticed a woman who seemed to be in trouble in the water and informed the Coast Guard before entering the water.

Upon approaching the woman, Conor gave a buoyancy aid to her and swam back to the beach. The reason for this was so that the Coast Guard would not have to deal with two tragedies, Conor stated. John Doyle of the Poseidon Lifesaving Group stated that 50% of people who drown went in to save someone else.

After swimming back ashore, gardaĆ­ arrived at the scene and called an ambulance for Conor as his body temperature had dropped quickly.

While at St Vincent’s Hospital, Conor was approached by the swimmer who thanked him for his efforts.

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