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20th Dec 2016

Search Launched For Heroic Woman Who Saved Baby From Irish River


A search has been launched for a heroic woman who helped to save the lives of a mother and baby earlier this week.

Kelly Butler was walking in Linear Park in Newbridge with her four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son and eight-week-old baby Annabelle, when the pram carrying the baby slipped from the path into the nearby river.

“Our older daughter was getting a little tired, so my wife turned for a split-second to put her hands on the handlebars and give her a hand,” her husband John Butler explained to Kildare FM.

“She turned back to see the buggy leaving the footpath and slipping into the river with our baby in it.”

The panicked mother had run into the water when a passing stranger came to her aid and helped to rescue the baby from the river.

The couple are now trying to track down the woman who helped them on Monday afternoon to say thanks for her brave efforts.

“This lady came to our assistance, and thank God she did because my wife would have really found it hard to get back out of the river,” he said.

“She’s a park user, so she probably lives quite close by. We’d really love to get in contact with her to say thank you.”

The woman is described as having blonde hair and was wearing a black tracksuit top.

If you think you might know her, you can contact KFM here.