A MAN in his 30s was rescued from the River Shannon after an alert was raised during Tuesday morning’s rush hour traffic.
Just minutes before 9am, the man was seen entering the water at Shannon Bridge.
Calls made to the Munster Regional Fire Control Centre on Mulgrave Street led to four units from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue being dispatched including FireSwift – the service’s rescue boat docked at Steamboat Quay.
Swiftwater Rescue Technician swimmers (SRTs), from the fire service, rescued the man from the water at the Dock Gates as he was being taken down river by strong currents.
Awaiting paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, as well as firefighters, treated the man at St Michael’s slipway on O’Callaghan’s Strand before he was brought to University Hospital Limerick.
With a drop in air and water temperatures overnight, the man’s condition is understood to be life-threatening.
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