TWO dedicated divers with the Killarney Water Rescue team have been honoured for their commitment and service by the Irish Underwater Council.
Jimmy Sweetman and John O’Loughlin were formally recognised at a medal presentation ceremony held in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The have both given over 10 years of service to underwater search and recovery, making themselves available to assist the civil authorities in the event of a person being lost at sea or in a freshwater situation.
Derek Flanagan, Irish Coast Guard Coordinator, presented awarded Jimmy and John with their medals on behalf of the Irish Underwater Council and he acknowledged the professionalism and commitment they demonstrate in all conditions.
Mr Flanagan said it takes a cool head and a stout heart to search in zero visibility, with the knowledge that at any time the diver might come across a situation that might be very disturbing.
However the objective still remains to return a loved one back to their family in order to allow for closure to begin
Founded in 1995, Killarney Water Rescue is a voluntary club that assists in searching for people missing following water-based inshore and coastal incidents.
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