Latvian to be honored for saving drowning man in Ireland

A 25-year-old Latvian working as a pizza delivery man in Ireland is to be honored for pulling a drowning man to safety.

Agris Jankovičs, an employee of Apache Pizza in Drogheda, jumped into the Boyne River on the night of June 22 to save the man.

He and other employees of the nearby pizzeria were taking a break when they heard the man’s wife and children screaming, according to the Drogheda Independent.

Jankovičs is expected to be honored in November with an Irish Water Safety “Just in Time” award for bravery. The honor, which is sponsored by the Seiko watch company, includes a gift of a new timepiece. The annual ceremony is to take place in Dublin Castle.

Jankovičs told the Latvian portal that jumping several meters into the river did not frighten him because he has leapt from much higher points into a canal in Liepāja, Latvia.

According to the Drogheda Independent, Apache Pizza also is presenting Jankovičs with a new mobile telephone, because he lost his when he jumped into the river.

About 160 people drown in Ireland each year, according to Irish Water Safety.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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