28 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A lifesaving action by a Castleblayney mother of three to rescue two young boys in difficulty in a lake was recognised at a National Awards Ceremony in Dublin last week.

On Monday the 20th of August 2012, at Gas Lake, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, Linda Brereton was sitting on a bench at the park when she was approached by a lady who informed her that two young boys were in difficulty in the water. Without delay, Linda entered the water and swam to the two boys. They held onto Linda and she managed to bring them safely ashore.

On Tuesday 18th November Linda was one of 35 rescuers honoured at the Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Twenty-two lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of these rescuers. Speaking to The Northern Standard the modest ‘Blayney woman, who had her three children with her on the occasion, described her feat as an “instinctive reaction”.

“I would like to think that anyone who was confronted with a similar situation would do the same thing”, she said.


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