Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
A number of investigations are underway into an incident in which an unconscious four year old boy was taken from the main pool at Leisureland and had to be revived by lifeguards using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Sunday afternoon.
Staff at the Salthill facility have been praised for their professional and quick-thinking response after the child, who is from the east side of the city, was spotted lying in the water at about 2.30pm.
Members of staff performed CPR on the young boy on the platform between the two main swimming pools and managed to revive him before an ambulance arrived to whisk him to University College Hospital (UHG).
The boy was still in the Intensive Care Unit at UHG last evening, while Gardaí and the City Council (who own Leisureland) were undertaking separate investigations into how the accident occurred.
“The lifeguards managed to resuscitate him and the boy had resumed breathing on his own before the ambulance arrived,” said a spokesperson for Galway City Council. “It was an awful experience for everyone at the scene and our thoughts are with the child and his parents.”
There were 10 lifeguards on duty at Leisureland on Sunday afternoon, two of whom are water safety instructors, and their response at the scene may have saved the life of the youngster.
“By all accounts, the lifeguards did a brilliant job,” added the spokesman. “You have procedures in place but incidents like this don’t happen very often.”
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.