Gallant and Humane Conduct

Sligo Journal, September 3rd 1852

On Monday last a hack race came off on the Strand, near Cummin, which a number of people attended from Dorran's Island, having crossed over the sands at low water. Excited by the day's Sport, many neglected returning home until the tide had made great way across the sands between the Island and the mainland, a distance of nearly two miles, over which the tide, and especially a high spring tide like that of yesterday, makes progress with great rapidity. Nearly all had with difficulty landed, wading up to their necks in water, when a woman and three children were perceived struggling in the water about half-way across and nearly overwhelmed in the waves.

All those in the water were too intent on their own safety to render aid, even had it been in their power: but, fortunately, they were seen from the shore by Charles William Cooper of Coopershill, who was staying on the Island for sea-bathing, and who immediately jumped into a boat and rowed to their assistance. After about fifteen minutes pulling against a stiff breeze and a running tide, he succeeded in rescuing the poor creatures from a watery grave. The children, though much exhausted, are doing well. This is not the first time that Mr. Cooper has been the means of saving the lives of his fellow-creatures.