Four men rescued from early morning Limerick river incident

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fireandrescueFOUR men have been rescued from the River Shannon at Castleconnell in the early hours of this Thursday morning after their boat capsized leaving them clinging to the side in bitterly cold water.

At around 4:30am this Thursday morning Limerick Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a river incident at “Worrall’s End” Castleconnell.

Upon arrival, Swiftwater Rescue Technicians from Limerick Fire Service discovered four men in their 30’s in the water after their boat had capsized.

The men were found clinging to their boat and stuck in debris.

It is understood that the men became stuck between the debris and branches from a fallen tree across the river.

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The multi agency rescue operation involving Fire Service, Gardai, Paramedics, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard including Rescue Helicopter 115, took over three hours due to the positioning of the men in the water.

All four were rescued and treated at the scene for hypothermia with one man’s condition described as very serious.

It is believed that emergency life saving action was carried out on one of the men.

The casualties were all transported to University Hospital Limerick by HSE Paramedics for further treatment.

Their conditions are as yet unknown.