A MAJOR multi agency search and rescue operation is underway in Limerick this lunchtime after a man was seen entering the Abbey River.
The alarm was raised at around 1.45pm when the man was seen entering the water near Georges Quay.
Due to the strong flow of water at the Curragower Boat Club, the man was quickly swept downstream and responding emergency services were informed of a confirmed sighting down from Sarsfield Bridge.
Four units from Limerick City Fire and Rescue, along with the rescue boat Fireswift, crews from the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Rescue 115, the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter all attended the scene and co-ordinated searches for the male.
Water searches, aided by the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter, will continue and it is expected that the volunteer group Limerick Marine Search and Rescue will carry out underwater dives in the next stage of the operation.
More to follow.
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