A BRAVE lad has revealed he and his pals heard a distress signal and went “straight over” to help in a dramatic sea rescue in Cork yesterday.
The group of five pals have been branded heroes after they assisted in the saving of a father and son who were swept out to sea yesterday evening.
The father and son came into difficulty when the boy, nine, was caught in a strong current while on an inflatable device at Fountainstown beach at White Bay in Co Cork at around 8pm on Sunday.
The group of 16-year-olds – Jamie Venner, Richard McSweeney, Cillian Foster, Kate Horgan and Harry Pritchard – rushed to the scene the minute they heard the distress call.
The group had been out fishing and managed to reach the scene before emergency services, bringing the father onto their boat after the young boy had been rescued by another boat.
Speaking with Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line this morning, Richard McSweeney, 16, said: “Me and my friends were just sitting and messing around at White Bay and we heard the call go out, I’m not sure when really at what time.
“We went straight over anyway, just to see if we could give a hand.
“We happened to beat the life boat by five, ten minutes.”
He added: “We came in and there was paramedics and guards on the beach and they were pointing down to this man that was hanging off a buoy.
“There was already a local down with a kayak helping out, sure it isn’t a bad thing to have extra hands there.
“I think his son was on a lilo and they got caught in the tide, they were getting pulled in and he just grabbed on to the buoy.”
The young lad and fellow hero rescuer Jamie Vinner said the group knew just what to do as they have family connections with the RNLI.
Jamie said that the group began learning about water safety when they were young.
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The young lad told the show: “We were out and about and we heard the distress signal and we knew where it was so we just went over to help out.
“When we arrived he was already taken care of, we looked after the man.
“We started (learning about water safety), at six or seven, whenever we started going out on boats.”
“We’d all have life jackets with us, the VHS, we’d all have our phones with us, just letting people know where we are, that’s it really.”
And when asked about how they were feeling about getting back to school, Jamie told the show: “We’re just enjoying the summer while it lasts.
A member of the public is reported to have heard the father’s call for help and raised the alarm.
Gardai and National Ambulance services were also at the scene of the rescue.
The youngsters brought the father onto their boat and brought him to shore.
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“They responded exactly as you would want.
“They showed remarkable presence of mind and deserve huge credit.
“Crosshaven RNLI commends the five youngsters for acting so professionally and swiftly in rescuing the casualty in need. Our future is safe in their hands.”