17-year-old Conor Power has been hailed a hero following the rescue of a woman off Greystones on Wednesday afternoon.
Conor a Leaving Cert student at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole and a member of the Poseidon Lifesaving Group in Greystones spoke of his life saving actions on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne show.
At the time of the incident he was at the beach, where he was due complete a physical education project but due to the rough sea conditions the project was called off.
Conor and a friend were walking the beach when they spotted a person in the water and seemed to be in difficulty.
He told Claire Byrne “
Before he got into the water (with a buoyancy aid) he made sure the coast guard had been informed.
He swam out to the swimmer and encouraged her to swim towards him away from rocks. The woman was “out of energy” at that stage, he said. Recognising that he was flagging he gave the ‘torpedo buoy’ to the woman and swam back to the beach.
Gardai arrived at the scene and Conor was put in a patrol car to heat up and taken to St.Vincent’s hospital.
The woman who was also taken to St.Vincent’s thanked Conor in person.