Rescuers who saved 36 people from drowning received special recognition at Dublin today.

They were honoured at the Irish Water Safety National Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle.

The event recognises those who have made a significant contribution in the area of water safety.

63 volunteers received long service awards.

Among those recognised was eight-year-old Finn Bell Ryan from Limerick.

Last summer, he saved a three-year-old boy from drowning while on holiday in Portugal.

A group of boys aged 13 and 14 was honoured for saving a man who had got into difficulty in the River Corrib in Galway.

Irish Water Safety says an average of 127 people drown in Ireland each year.