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Man saved after canoe sinks in heavy seas

Year 1921

Read by Bella Chapman – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Griffin, John, Fisherman.

At about 9 a.m. on the 27th September, 1921, three men were in a canoe close to the cliffs of Moher Aran Islands, where they were setting their nets. The sea was exceedingly rough and a huge wave broke over the bow of the canoe, sinking her immediately.

One of the men, Patrick Flaherty, went down with the canoe, being evidently entangled in the nets. John Griffin succeeded in swimming to shore, and the third man, Michael Faherty, was washed on to a ledge of rock under the perpendicular cliff, from which the succeeding wave swept him away, and he was being carried seaward.

Seeing this Griffin plunged in and succeeded in bringing him back to the ledge, where they managed to hold on until another boat came and took them off. There was a strong wind blowing from shore with a dangerous sea running, and no person unacquainted with the locality can have any conception of the risk incurred when he swam out to the rescue of Faherty.

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