Two fishermen from Claddagh, Co Galway who rescued a pair of missing paddle boarders were honoured on Friday by Galway City Council.
The father and son rescued two young women from the waters of Galway Bay after a 15 hour ordeal showed “fantastic community spirit” said Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard.
Claddagh fishermen Patrick and Morgan Oliver were honoured at a Mayoral Reception held in Leisureland in recognition of their excellent work in rescuing the lost paddle boarders.
The fishermen rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn from the water southwest of Inis Oírr after a massive rescue operation in August. Sara Feeney, 23, and 17-year-old Ellen Glynn were brought to safety by the father and son team after being stranded overnight at sea. The two cousins had been swept out to sea while paddle boarding at Furbo at 9.30pm on Friday 14 August 2020, and ended up being carried almost 20 miles, where they eventually tied their boards to a lobster pot to hold on overnight.
The search involved the RNLI, Coast Guard, Rescue helicopters, and private boats and aircraft.
The Morgan’s used their knowledge of the waters in the area to estimate where the rides would have carried the two, and found them the following morning.
“The heroic actions of Patrick and Morgan Oliver have captured the imaginations of both the people of Galway and people across the nation at a time when good news is, unfortunately, less common,” Mike Cubbard said at the reception.
“This rescue, however, highlights the fantastic community spirit which exists in Galway as hundreds of people across the city and county offered their help with the search operation.”
Mayor Cubbard presented the two with a bronze model of a traditional Irish currach and a framed and signed presentation scroll.
A small presentation of All the Falling Stars jewellery was also made to Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney in recognition of their bravery throughout the ordeal.