Scout boss meets hero Sean
Chief Scout of Ireland Christy McCann travelled to Wexford to congratulate Turkish rescue hero Sean Thompson in person.
Sixteen year old Sean from Carne hit the headlines in July when he and fellow scout Mollie Tamara Powell saved a young boy from drowning in a coastal inlet in the Turkish resort of Mahmutlar in Antalya Province.
Sean who was on holidays in Turkey with his family dived from a 25ft high bridge into the water and swam down to the riverbed to rescue the 14-year old who sank after one of his cousins landed on his head after jumping into the water behind him.
The Wexford boy hauled the 14-year old to the surface and with Mollie's help, dragged him to the shore where they gave him CPR. Turkish police said without their intervention the boy would most probably have drowned.
The Bridgetown Vocational College student is a member of the 6th Wexford Tuskar Sea Scouts of which his father Emmet is group leader while Mollie is a member of the 38th Rush Dublin Scouts.
Sean is a strong swimmer who learned his swimming skills through the scouts which he joined 10 years ago as a young boy.
Chief Scout Christy McCann met Sean in person and shook his hand, telling him how proud Scouting Ireland is of his and Mollie's lifesaving efforts. He said the pair embodied the Scout motto - 'Be Prepared'.
Sean is back home in Wexford enjoying the last days of summer before starting 6th year.