By Liz Dunphy
A man has been rescued from the River Lee in Cork city this evening.
Keith Olden from Blarney Street, Cork and Ian Drummy, Blackpool, Cork threw the buoyancy ring that saved the man before emergency services got to the scene and removed him from the river.
"I'm just glad that he's OK," said Olden, "and I'm glad that we could help."
The two men were fishing when they heard the calls for help from the water.
The alarm was first raised near the Mardyke Bridge, close to an outdoor skate park.
"I caught 11 fish here earlier today but it was no way as exciting or exhausting as the rescue," said Drummy.
Pascal Ungerer from Sunday's Well also threw buoyancy aids in an effort to save the drowning man.
"I was jogging through the park when I heard a man calling for help from the river," he said.
"I grabbed a life ring but the man was in the centre of the current and the buoyancy ring would not stretch far enough across the river to reach him.
"I stood in the river to get closer to him and the current was hugely strong even though it looked calm on the surface.
"It's a stark reminder about how dangerous our waterways are even when they look calm.
"It was lucky that there are buoyancy rings all along the river banks. Today proved that they can be lifesavers."
The man was rescued from the water by emergency services in front of the Mercy Hospital in Cork City and he is in a stable condition.