Man survives 12 hours in icy waters off Ireland surrounded by a group of dolphins

A 24-year-old man off the coast of Kerry, Ireland where he was surrounded by dolphins during his 12-hour ordeal.

The man is being dubbed as ‘frostbit boy’.

Ruairí McSorley was evacuated by the Fenit Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers on Sunday.

While officials described him as “hypothermic”, McSorely himself was feeling “100 percent” after the life-threatening incident.

“The only thing was my kidneys needed to readjust, so there has been no serious harm,” he told the Irish News.

“It was only a matter of going into the hospital to heat up a bit. Other than that, I was fine.”

McSorely became popular as the ‘frostbit guy’ in 2015 after a TV interview wherein he talked about his mother not allowing him to have a day off school. He added, “You wouldn’t be long getting frostbit.”

After the successful evacuation, he thanked the RNLI volunteers, calling them professional and incredible people.

“They wrapped me up in the blankets and took my body temperature and everything and then just rushed me into the hospital,” he said.

Gerard O’Donnell of Fenit RNLI described McSorely as a “lucky individual” and his survival in the icy waters as a “miracle”.

He said the crew started getting worried during the operation as the light began to fade, and the 24-year-old was spotted only around 8:00pm on Sunday among a group of dolphins surrounding him.