Limerick woman is rescued from river while trying to save her dog

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A WOMAN rescued by two men from the Mulcair River in Annacotty after she jumped in to save her dog has highlighted the need for life buoys.

A WOMAN rescued by two men from the Mulcair River in Annacotty after she jumped in to save her dog has highlighted the need for life buoys.

Jill Baird was strolling behind the Riverbank estate in Annacotty when her Jack Russell, Poppy, went chasing a rat.

“She disappeared and failed to return when called. I decided to explore a track down to the water. I found a three foot drop onto another part of the bank,” she said.

“I gingerly looked over the steep bank into the river about four feet below to see my dog treading water in a small culvert. The river is fast flowing in the centre, but calm by the banks so, without thinking, I slid myself into the water, and was lucky that my feet found a stone to support me. Either I had to leave the dog to drown or do something about it. The banks were steep so there was no way she could have got out,” said the brave Ms Baird.

After entering the water, Ms Baird then found that the bank, as well as being sheer, was undercut under the water level so she had no foothold to climb out.

“I decided to shout for help, and luckily, it being a quiet day, two men heard me and pulled me out,” said Ms Baird. She reckons she was in the water for over five minutes but with her adrenalin flowing she hardly felt the cold water flowing.

In the commotion she failed to get the men’s names but wished to thank them for their assistance.

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition dated November 5, 2011