Call to honour bravery of quarry victim

Published Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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A coroner has recommended a posthumous bravery award for a man who died trying to rescue a boy from drowning in a disused quarry in Co Down.

Call to honour bravery of  quarry victim
Colin Polland and Paul O''Hare died at Paul''s Quarry. (© Pacemaker)

Colin Polland, 39, jumped into the water after 15-year-old Kevin O'Hare, who had got into difficulty at the isolated pit near Annalong in June.

Emergency crews were called to the scene but both of them died.

At an inquest on Tuesday, Northern Ireland's Senior Coroner John Leckey said Mr Polland, who was from Co Down, had died in a "heroic" bid to save the Dromara teen.

He said: "Colin Polland lost his life heroically trying to save the life of Kevin O'Hare. I would recommend that his bravery is recognised posthumously in some way."

The suggestion by Mr Leckey was made in court to the PSNI. A police spokesman said they will study the Senior Coroner's comments.

Mr Leckey added that he would write to Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, Newry and Mourne District Council and the owner of the quarry to see what action could be taken to improve safety, as he was concerned of the potential for another drowning tragedy.

© UTV News
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9 Comments
Mark in Belfast wrote (494 days ago):
Support this 100% , hopefully a shred of consolation for this mans family . A very brave man
Alan Palmer in London/Dundrum wrote (494 days ago):
To lay his own life on the line in an attempt to save another sums up colin, an absolute gentleman who will be missed by many, and a hero to all! RIP YNWA
Noel in Londinderry wrote (494 days ago):
Agree totaly this man laid down his live trying to save this young lad feel for both familys God Bless
Ryan in An Dun wrote (494 days ago):
Yes a fitting tribute. One word to describe this. Hero.
Jonathan McMullan in Drundrum Co.Down wrote (494 days ago):
A truly just reward for a brave man, and proud to call him my cousin!! RIP Colin
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