A CANOEIST is recovering after spending four hours last evening (Thursday) in the waters of Lough Conn, Co. Mayo, following the capsizing of his vessel.
The man, who is in his 40s, survived after the alarm was raised when two youngsters – one of them his son – paddled ashore in a separate kayak and raised the alarm.
A lifejacket enabled the stricken canoeist to stay afloat until rescuers arrived at about 10 p.m.
Searchers included gardaí, local boatsmen and a Coast Guard helicopter.
A Foxford-based businessman, Michael Tiernan, came on the missing canoeist and stayed with him for about 20 minutes until he could be safely taken out of the water.
The two children involved are being praised today (Friday) for their coolness in getting to the shore and raising the alarm.
The canoeist involved was treated at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, for mild hypothermia but otherwise he is in good physical condition.