Football club among those to pay tribute to player and Garda who helped rescue a man from the Garavogue river

The Ballisodare United Football Club is among those paying tribute to one of their senior players and a Sligo Garda who saved the life of a man in the Garavogue river over the weekend.

The player Adam McGoldrick told Ocean FM that he was driving across Hyde Bridge in Sligo town just after 4pm on Sunday when he witnessed the man go into the water.

Garda Stephen Fahy arrived on the scene at around the same time as Mr. McGoldrick between 4 and half past four on Sunday afternoon.

Both men went down to the water and went in after the man understood to be a foreign national.

Support was called for and eventually the two rescuers and the man were helped from the water.

The victim believed to be in his 30s or 40s was taken to Sligo University Hospital where it’s understood he was treated for hypothermia.

Mr. McGoldrick and Garda Fahy were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

The secretary of Ballisodare United Football Club told Ocean FM News tonight that they were very proud of the heroic actions taken by one of their members as well as Garda Fahy.

Also speaking to Ocean FM over the weekend, Mr. McGoldrick said that he saw the Garda heading towards the water and having witnessed the man enter the water himself offered his support.

He said they were probably in the water for around 20 minutes and he was relieved that they managed to pull the man from the water.