Barman receives bravery awards following Wemyss Bay rescue

Niall Blackburn has been presented with two bravery awards after rescuing a man from the water at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal (pictured).
Niall Blackburn has been presented with two bravery awards after rescuing a man from the water at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal (pictured).

A barman who rescued a man from the water at Wemyss Bay has been recognised for his act of bravery with two awards.

Niall Blackburn was working in the bar of a local hotel when a man left the hotel and threw himself into the water at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.

Mr Blackburn swam out and pulled him back to shore. The man was treated for hypothermia at hospital and made a full recovery.

Mr Blackburn was presented with the two awards - the Brave@Heart Award and the St Andrew’s Award for exceptional acts of bravery - by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at a special event held at Edinburgh Castle.

Ms Sturgeon said: “It is an honour to be able to present these awards to people who have shown extraordinary bravery.

“This ceremony is an opportunity for us to say thank you to those who put their lives at risk every day in their professional roles and to members of the public who have stepped in to help a fellow citizen in danger.

“Everyone who has been nominated for an award is a credit to Scotland and an inspiration to us all.”

Brave@Heart 2016 panel chair, Lindsay Burley said: “I continue to be amazed by the heroism demonstrated by all those nominated for an award. The actions of members of the public and our colleagues in the emergency services to save the lives of others is an inspiration to us all.”