Italian brothers who were rescued from the sea on a trip to Ireland in 2019 paid a visit to thank those who saved them.
Riccardo and Giovanni Zanon were visiting the Aran Islands when they were hit by a huge wave and thrown into the water at Pol na bPheist on Inishmore in February 2019.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Mr Zanon said he believed he was going to die after falling 20 meters when the wave knocked him off the cliff.
“I just remember a big, huge wave like a gray wall coming towards me, then it was completely dark and I thought I was going to die,” he said.
The Italian, who fractured his shin and pelvis, said he was dragged by the waves before seeing the rescue helicopter.
“If I had to wait there [longer] I could have bleed to death, but the water was so cold it almost stopped the bleeding, ”he said.
“I hurt myself but we got through it, it wasn’t that easy.”
Mr Zanon spent a month at Galway University Hospital and an additional week at Tallaght University Hospital before he could return home to Italy.
The brothers were rescued by Rescue 115 with the help of wincher Philip Wrenn.
Mr Wrenn said: “As a winch man, when you are on the deck of a boat, on the edge of a cliff or on a mountain, you have to think and make decisions in a split second and it comes. experience.”
Mr. Wrenn was then recognized for his bravery that day and received the Bill Deacon Award.