What’s perhaps most remarkable about McSorley’s tale is the incredible irony that underpins it: back in 2015, he earned himself the enduring nickname “Frostbit Boy” after detailing his struggles with the cold.
Ruairi McSorley after spending 12 hours talking to dolphins https://t.co/orrTRsSfIs
Although admittedly McSorley’s return to the headlines doesn’t involve any snow, he did get cold, very cold, and probably wasn’t far off “getting frostbit”.
Speaking to the Irish Independent after his release from hospital on Tuesday, the 24-year-old explained that the Fenit lifeboat crew wrapped him up in blankets, took his body temperature and then “just rushed me into the hospital”.
Despite his ordeal, he insisted that he hadn’t been left scarred by the experience.
“There’s no victim mentality there. Other than a bit of pain at the back of my knee, I’m 100 per cent. There’s no long-term damage,” he told the paper.
“The only thing was my kidneys needed to readjust, so there has been no serious harm. It was only a matter of going into the hospital to heat up a bit. Other than that, I was fine.”
Indeed, no sooner had he been rescued from the freezing water than he started cracking jokes with the RNLI team.
He admitted: “Apparently, the first thing I said to them was, ‘I’ll not have to pay for this, will I?’”
He clearly hasn’t lost his sense of humour over the past six years, nor his tireless ability to chat.