Woman recovering after river rescue

Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boat


A YOUNG woman is recovering this week after a dramatic rescue in Limerick during the early hours of Sunday morning.

At around 4.30am on Sunday, emergency services were alerted to an incident where a woman in her late 20s had entered the River Shannon at Shannon Bridge.

Munster Regional Fire Control mobilised emergency services and three units of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue to the scene and fireswift, the rescue jet boat was launched from Steamboat Quay.

The woman was located about 200 downriver from the bridge and firefighter swiftwater rescue technicians rescued the woman and brought her aboard the boat which then took her to waiting emergency paramedics.

The woman was treated at the scene before being brought to the University Hospital Limerick where her condition was understood to be non life threatening.

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On Tuesday afternoon last, crews from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue launched shortly before 3:30pm and were tasked to reports of a person entering the water at Thomond Bridge.

In a facebook post, the volunteer organisation said that “Our crews launched along with crews from Limerick City & County Fire and Rescue as well as Rescue 115, the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

“This call was deemed to be a hoax and all crews were stood down and returned to base”.

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* Samaritans 116 123 or email [email protected]

* Console 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)

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* Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email [email protected] – (suicide, self-harm)

* Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)

* Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)