A MANHUNT is underway after an inmate from Limerick Prison made a dramatic bid for freedom while he was receiving medical attention.
The 25-year-old, who has not been named, escaped at shortly after 9am on Monday morning.
The incident happened at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle shortly after 9 o’clock this morning.
It is understood a prison officer was knocked over by the inmate who then escaped on foot from the hospital complex.
“The Irish Prison Service can confirm that an inmate has absconded from lawful custody while in Limerick Regional Hospital. Staff pursued the prisoner but were unable to apprehend him. The Gardaí have been informed,” said a spokesman for the Irish Prison Service in a statement.
The brief statement did not explain why the inmate required treatment in hospital.
Sources at Limerick Prison say the prisoner is serving a lengthy sentence and that he is not due to be released until May of next year.
Earlier this month, a 19 year old man escaped from prison officers when he was being transported to Limerick District Court.
He has since been located by gardai.