Hero passer-by makes dramatic Docks rescue

Galway Harbour: where Lifeboat man Brian Niland carried out a dramatic rescue. Photo: Gerard Hall.

A member of the city’s lifeboat service – out for a casual walk at the Docks – ended up jumping into the sea to rescue a drowning man.

Brian Niland
Brian Niland

Helmsman with the Galway Lifeboat, Brian Niland, was walking by the Docks on Tuesday evening last when the drama unfolded at around 6.20pm.

He noticed a man lying face down in the water, apparently in a lifeless state, before diving into the sea.

Mr Niland successfully took the man from the sea to the dockside where emergency CPR aid was carried out on him.

Before he entered the water, Brian Niland had rang Mike Swan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, who was also joined at the dockside by local fisherman, Aiden Deegan.

The man – in his 40s and from the city area – was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway where he is understood to have made a good recovery.
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