A WOMAN in her 30s has been rescued from the River Shannon this Wednesday afternoon after she was seen entering the water at Sarsfield Bridge shortly after 3.30pm
Responding to the alert within four minutes, three units from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue along with their three-man swift water rescue technician crew onboard rescue boat FireSwift, were accompanied by Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, members of the Limerick marine Search and Rescue, Gardai and emergency paramedics in the operation which lasted just over 15 minutes.
The woman, who was seen entering the water at the O’Callaghan’s Strand side of Sarsfield Bridge drifted down stream and was watched by Gardai who kept her in sight at all times.
A rowing crew from St Michael’s Boat Club launched their boat and assisted the woman stay afloat as she drifted under the Shannon Bridge near the quayside of the river adjacent to the Clarion Hotel.
The woman was then taken to safety at St Michael’s slipway on O’Callaghan’s Strand after she was rescued by the attending emergency services.
Paramedics initially treated her at the scene before the woman was brought to University Hospital Limerick where her condition is understood to be stable and not life threatening.
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