Man in 20s rescued from River Shannon

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Shannon Bridge in Limerick

A MAN is recovering at University Hospital Limerick this weekend after he was rescued from the River Shannon on Friday night.

The incident occurred around 10pm on Friday night when a passerby raised the alarm after a man was seen entering the water.

It is understood that the man alighted from a taxi near the Shannon Bridge and entered the water.

Two pedestrians near the bridge threw the man a lifeline and buoy, which he held on to as Emergency Services responded.

Units from Limerick City Fire and Rescue, together with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, responded to the call within minutes after the alarm was raised.

Both crews had boats launched in the rescue operation.

Swift Water Rescue Technicians from Limerick Fire and Rescue rescued the man from the water and brought him to the slipway on O’Callaghan’s Strand where awaiting paramedics gave him immediate treatment.

The man, aged in his 20s, was transferred to University Hospital Limerick where his physical condition is understood to be stable.

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