Ms Foley has come in for major praise today, after jumping into the River Lee in Cork, to save a three-year-old child who had fallen into the water.
According to reports, the tot was walking with an au-pair along St Patrick’s Quay in the city, when he slipped under the railings and tumbled into the river.
*VIDEO* Woman in cork jumps into river after child falls in, stayed with child until emergency services arrived. pic.twitter.com/xMETyaUPm3
— Cork's 96FM (@Corks96FM) May 20, 2016
Ms Foley was passing when the frightening incident occurred, and she courageously jumped in after the toddler, managing to keep him above the water until emergency services arrived on the scene.
Both the child and Ms Foley were lifted from the river and rushed to Cork University Hospital for treatment. The child is now said to be in a stable condition.
Meanwhile, Twitter has been abuzz with praise for local hero Maria, who has been lauded for her bravery.
Great job Maria Foley for rescuing the 3yr old child who fell into the Lee in the city centre. Low tide - big drop #courageous
— GM (@germallen) May 20, 2016
Ireland's hero of the day is Maria Foley from Cobh. Jumped into the Lee to save a young child. What a woman. Well done!#Cork
— Pa Curran (@pacurranmusic) May 20, 2016
“Great job Maria Foley for rescuing the three-year-old child who fell into the Lee in the city centre. Low tide – big drop,” wrote one Twitter user.
Thank heavens there was a positive ending to this story.
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