Dublin man, Paul Grimes, has been hailed a hero in Australia after he helped save a man who was drowning in Melbourne.
The Dubliner was out for dinner when he heard cries for help coming from the nearby Yarra River.
The Herald Sun is reporting that a man in his 50s fell off the pier and subsequently suffered a heart attack.
As well as this, a man in his 20s attempted to save the man by diving into the river but he too began to struggle after ingesting a large amount of salt.
Speaking to Ten News, the Dublin man explained exactly what happened when he came in contact with the older man:
“I grabbed him under the arm and I was afraid I was going to fall over so I got one of the girls to actually stand on my feet so that I wouldn’t fall over. We took a while to lift him up out of the water and just lay him down on the pier.
“I was ready to jump, but lucky I didn’t jump because there was already someone in the water with him so we just decided we’d pull him out.
“I basically put my hand on his stomach and then realised I was too low so put it more to the chest and just pushed down twice. Then he started coughing and we turned him over to the recovery position.”
— 10 News First Melbourne (@10NewsFirstMelb) January 22, 2018
Both men were taken to hospital and while the younger man has injuries that are not life threatening, the man in his 50s is in a serious but stable condition.
Paul Grimes, you are a hero.