Default post

SEVENTEEN year old Clare schoolgirl Laura McDonnell has been praised for her quick thinking after saving John Meredith’s life.

Both Laura and John, who is in his 60s, were competing in the Surf Life Saving GB National Pool Championships in Cardiff recently.

John had finished his race and was resting in the pool, but by the time Laura had dived in at the other end and swam the 50 metres, Mr Meredith had gone unconscious and sank under water.

“I swam up and by the time I hit the wall, he was in my lane and he was under the water.

“So I just pulled him up as quick as I could. It was so quick like loads of lifeguards and everyone came over and jumped in beside me straight away,” Laura added.

Lifeguards pulled John up on deck and started CPR on him, before transferring him to hospital via ambulance.

It was later established that John had suffered a massive heart attack after completing his race, but is now recovering well.

John Meredith. Photo by Surf Life Saving GB
John Meredith. Photo by Surf Life Saving GB

“Once I got out then, I started getting a little bit shocked but it wasn’t so bad because I have the training of doing the lifeguarding courses and I’m part of the Ennis Swimming Club team so I suppose having the experience of doing the course has helped a lot too. But obviously it is different to a real life situation,” Laura said.

Laura, who hails from Doora-Barefield and attends Rice College, is captain of the Ennis Swim and Lifeguarding Club.

She is also currently completing a beach-lifesaving course.

Laura’s Mum Catriona said Laura’s efforts are a credit to all of the training she has received.

“The skills that she has learned through the club have stood to her and it is great because a lot of work goes on behind the scenes when you are training these children, when they are preparing to become lifeguards and to compete in competitions,” she added.

Laura also showed her swimming skills by coming first in the u19 Obstacle Relay at the same competition.

Related News

inis housing association 16-02-24 cathal crowe darragh o'brien
Housing Minister in talks with Uisce Éireann to try rescue Ennistymon €7.7m development
scoil na maighdine mhuire covid voices 21-06-22 3
HSE's plans to appoint Dr Holohan as cancer consultant causes outrage
damien carmody 1
Damien Carmody memorial tournament to honour a man who loved the GAA & the land
shannon airport car park 1
Cargo flight from Miami diverts to Shannon Airport
Latest News
1000038028
How golf benefits your mental health
clare v offaly 18-02-24 diarmuid o'donnell 1
O'Donnell delights with match-winning contribution
Butter-Chicken Feb 22nd
A Taste of Homestead Cottage's Butter Chicken
inis housing association 16-02-24 cathal crowe darragh o'brien
Housing Minister in talks with Uisce Éireann to try rescue Ennistymon €7.7m development
scoil na maighdine mhuire covid voices 21-06-22 3
HSE's plans to appoint Dr Holohan as cancer consultant causes outrage
Premium
damien carmody 1
Damien Carmody memorial tournament to honour a man who loved the GAA & the land
eoin gavin 2
'Impact of lack of housing in Shannon is too big to ignore' - Chamber President lays it on the line for Housing Minister
Ennis Car Park Announcement 031 eamon o'dea pat dowling kieran keating deirdre murphy brian fitzpatrick
Lease arrangement with Council for Cloister car park offers 'financial assurance & certainty' for Clare GAA
uhl exterior
Preliminary assessment underway following death of teenage girl at UHL
alan troy mary howard 1
Fianna Fáil tipped to run four candidates in West Clare

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top