THE body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was recovered by the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue dive team near the Shannon Bridge last night.
The alarm was raised at around 8.50pm when the man was seen entering the river.
The Limerick City and County Fire Service was alerted to the incident at 8.53pm, and they subsequently dispatched three units to the scene and returned at around 10pm. A source within the Fire Service said that they then alerted other emergency services.
Within three minutes of notification, the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service (LMSRS) did a surface search of the Shannon with the Fire Service for 15 to 20 minutes.
When they were notified that the man was seen going under the water, the Marine Search and Rescue dive team was called in and took up operations in the area where the body was last seen.
According to a spokesperson for LMSRS, it took the dive team 11 minutes to recover the body, thanks to the “correct and proper information” that they received.
The spokesperson added that the man’s body was found 130 metres “short of Shannon Bridge”.
The man’s body was taken from the scene by ambulance service to the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for a post-mortem.