A DRAMATIC rescue took place this Monday evening as Limerick City Fire & Rescue were mobilised to attend an incident in the Abbey river.
Three units of Limerick City Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene, where a man was apparently threatening to jump into the river at Barringtons Hospital on George’s Quay in the city.
On arrival the man, in his 30s, was seen entering the water. Two firefighters entered the water, which was moving at a “swift pace” and in what were described as “treacherous” water conditions.
The fire fighters, who were wearing swiftwater rescue equipment, swam to the man, reached him within seconds and brought him to safety at Curragower boat club.
He was removed from the water within three minutes of the fire and rescue’s arrival on scene. He was then transported to hospital by HSE Ambulance service. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Gardai were also in attendance.