A Dunlavin man became a hero after he jumped into the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre to rescue a woman who was drowning.
After seeing a commotion on O’Connell Bridge recently, 21-year-old Kevin Rouse bravely put his own safety at risk to rescue the woman.
“I was walking over the bridge and I saw a crowd looking into the river,” Kevin told the Leader. So I went over to them and it looked like a body was floating down the river.”
Seeing signs of life from the body, he decided there was no time to waste. “I ran over to the wall and jumped in.”
Swimming to the woman, he was able to bring her to safety. Kevin said he has never taken any life-saving course, but admitted that he is a strong swimmer.
He has not been in contact with the woman since the incident, but he followed her progress. “She was brought to hospital and I heard that she made a full recovery.”
Since the incident, the DIT student has received praise from the local community in Dunlavin and his family.
Kevin’s older sister Juliet described him as “a very modest young man [who] sees his actions as a matter of course”.
“But I know that the local community would be very proud of him and I would like to ensure that this act of selflessness and heroism serves as an inspiration and as a reminder of the fundamental goodness evident in society, even in these troubling times,” she added.