05 Oct 2022

Praise for member of public who helped rescue person from freezing waters of River Foyle

Police in Derry have praised a member of the public raised the alarm and then helped rescue from the River Foyle. The incident occurred last night when a member of the public was walking along the path by the railway station and noticed a pair of shoes in the snow. He walked over to the edge and saw a person in the water below. He raised the alarm and police and Foyle Search and Rescue were on scene in minutes. A trained volunteer from Foyle Search and Rescue bravely entered the freezing and fast flowing river and brought the person to safety. A police spokesperson said: "Like a true hero, the man who spotted the shoes in the snow and raised alarm, slipped away in the commotion before anyone could thank him, after helping pull the person from the water and the FSR volunteer into safety." The spokesperon added: "It's a sad reality that so many people suffer alone that don't have to. If you are struggling, it's ok to not be ok. Its ok to get help but please get help. Here are some useful numbers to save to your phone. It just takes one phone call. "In an emergency, call 999. For non emergencies call 101."

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