The bravery of a 15-year-old Boyle student whose quick thinking saved a man from drowning in the Boyle River on Friday afternoon has been widely praised.
Sam Roddan, a student at Abbey Community College, entered the Boyle River across from Results Fitness and Boyle Abbey, to bring a 40-year-old man, who had minutes earlier entered the river in an area of the town known as The Lawn, to safety.
It was at approximately 1.20 p.m.on Friday when Sam and his friend Patrick were walking back from school near the bridge in the town centre, beside the former Royal Hotel, and noticed something was seriously wrong.
“Patrick and I were walking from school near the local Chinese restaurant. School had ended for the day a short time earlier. We were facing the Chinese when we saw a man at the side of the bridge shouting that someone was in the river,” Sam told the Roscommon Herald.
The teenagers ran to where the river meets the road at the roundabout.
“The man was quite close to going over the bridge. Luckily, I was able to hop over the bridge to get into the water and remove the man from the river,” he said.