A swimmer who got into difficulty off the coast of Co Galway this morning has been rescued by two fishermen who were honoured for another dramatic sea rescue in August.

Father and son Patrick and Morgan Oliver came to the aid of the man off Salthill this morning, with assistance from the Galway RNLI Lifeboat.

He was spotted clinging to rocks 200 metres from the shore and brought to safety.

They were recognised for their bravery last month after they rescued paddleboarders Sara Feeney, 23, and Ellen Glynn,17, during the summer.

The two cousins had been stranded at sea overnight after drifting away from the shore.

The Olivers also gained national attention when they rescued a swimmer from the River Corrib in September.

This morning's rescue happened just after 10.30am, when a member of the public raised the alarm.

The RNLI said: "The Irish Coastguard sought the assistance of [the] Galway lifeboat who launched from Galway docks.

"Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

"Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmer's Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore.

"They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway docks. Galway lifeboat in the meantime was stood down."

The RNLI said the man was treated for hypothermia at the lifeboat station until an ambulance arrived.

It urged people to be safe when swimming in the sea. It said that many people who have taken up sea swimming during the pandemic this year may not realise the dangers of winter swimming.

Deputy Launch Authority Seán Óg Leydon said: "The sea is a great resource for us, but we have to respect it and our limits.

"Luckily this swimmer made his way to a place he could rest and wait for assistance."

It follows a wider appeal earlier this week by the Irish Coast Guard and RNLI.

They warned of the dangers of swimming at this time of the year. It came as the number of call outs to open water swimmers has increased in the past month.