Jogger comes to rescue of pensioner who fell into LImerick canal

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

The fire service was in action overnight this Tuesday
A JOGGER who was running along the Canal Bank at Clare Street this morning is being praised for his actions in coming to the aid of a pensioner who had fallen into the water.

A JOGGER who was running along the Canal Bank at Clare Street this morning is being praised for his actions in coming to the aid of a pensioner who had fallen into the water.

It is understood that a man in his 70s was attempting to fish a ring buoy from that had been tossed into the water at around 11am this Friday when he fell into the canal.

Reports that the pensioner was one of the thousands of volunteers taking part in the massive Team Limerick Clean-up campaign could not be confirmed this Friday afternoon.

Tony Cosgrove, station officer with Limerick Fire Service, said the gentleman in question “was trying to retrieve a ring buoy from the water when he lost his balance and slipped in”.

“We all know what they say about ‘Save a ring buoy. Save a life’ and he was obviously a conscientious guy in doing what he did but unfortunately he fell in.”

A man who happened to be running along the canal bank at the time came to the stricken pensioner’s aid and held on to him until emergency services arrived.

In attendance at the scene were Limerick Fire Service, including two rescue swimmers, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, paramedics and the gardai.

The man is recovering at University Hospital Limerick this Friday.