A WOMAN who jumped into the River Shannon in Limerick city on Monday evening died yesterday, after two men who were passing by jumped in to try to save her life.
Members of Limerick Marine Search & Rescue rescued all three people from the river on Monday night.
The woman, believed to be in her 40s, entered the water on Howley’s Quay after 7pm on Monday night. However, she sadly passed away in the University Hospital in Limerick at 1am this Tuesday.
Two men who had seen her enter the water jumped in, in a heroic bid to save her life. Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street station, said this is a “tragic case”, and praised the men “who bravely went into the water and risked their own lives”.
Little is known about the woman’s personal circumstances, except that she is believed to be from Limerick city.
Members of Limerick Marine Search & Rescue had been on the water at the time, as part of a search for another woman, who entered the water near the Abbey River in the early hours of Sunday, May 10.
Their search for that woman remains ongoing three times a day, and has been widened due to the length of time she has now been missing.
The efforts of the divers are being hindered, however, due to the force and volume of the water being released daily from the ESB plant in Ardnacrusha.
“We managed to pull all three of them out of the water on Monday,” said a member of the search and rescue team. They were taken over to St Michael’s slipway and CPR was performed on the woman before she was taken to the University Hospital by ambulance.
“The men involved also received the necessary treatment. The water was extremely cold at the time, which probably was a shock to them and they may have gotten into difficulty themselves,” explained one member. The crew said they were very saddened to learn of her passing.
Shocked onlookers also rushed to the water’s edge and called the gardai, and emergency services.
“We saw a guy inside the railings along the river looking into the water. We weren’t sure what he was looking at, but the next thing he jumped in. Then, a second guy jumped in to help him. We weren’t sure if it was a man or woman they were trying to save. It all happened so quickly. It was really shocking, there were a lot of tears,” said one onlooker, who was dining in Milano’s restaurant at the time.