Limerick Fire crews on training exercise prevent river tragedy

INCIDENT OCCURRED BY SARSFIELD BRIDGE

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

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Limerick Fire crews on training exercise prevent river tragedy

Limerick Fire Service during training exercise Picture: Adrian Butler

EMERGENCY services in Limerick swiftly responded to an incident in which a person was reportedly about to enter the River Shannon this Tuesday afternoon. 

At 3.20pm this Tuesday afternoon, during a training exercise on O'Callaghan Strand, the Swiftwater rescue technicians from Limerick City Fire and Rescue noticed a man, believed to be in his early 30s, sitting on the wall of Sarsfield Bridge in the city.

The Fire Service immediately launched a fire boat, and FireSwift and ground crew firefighters spoke with the man, a source told the Limerick Leader. 

Limerick Fire Service said on social media that a captain in a passing boat assisted the rescue crews during the incident. 

It posted: "We'd like to commend the captain of a passing boat that assisted our Swift Water Rescue Crews in an incident on Sarsfield Bridge today."

The National Ambulance Service was immediately alerted to the incident and arrived at the scene to treat the individual, who was then taken to University Hospital Limerick. Gardaí were also in attendance. 

Limerick Fire Service resumed training at 3.45pm. 

Contact Aware at 1800 804848, the Samaritans at 116 123 or Pieta House at 1800 247247.