Surfers who saved teenagers on Tullan Strand to be honoured for bravery

A number of people from the north west who risked their lives to save others from drowning will be honoured at Irish Water Safety’s annual national awards ceremony in Dublin this afternoon.

They include four surf instructors in Bundoran.

Owen Murphy, Fergal Muller, Friederike Rost and Sean Youung saved nine teenagers who got into difficulty last July on Tullan Strand.

Three men who rescued a man who entered the Garavogue River in Sligo last August will also be honoured. They are local man Adam McGoldrick and Sligo-based Gardai Stephen Fahy and James Conneely.

There are more than 100 drownings every year but the deputy CEO of Irish Water Safety, Roger Sweeney says there would be many more if it wasn’t for people like these: