Man ‘talked down’ from Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick

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Gardai took the man into custody for his own safety
GARDAI in Limerick have taken a man into custody for his own safety after he threatened to jump from one of the main bridges over the River Shannon in the city.

GARDAI in Limerick have taken a man into custody for his own safety after he threatened to jump from one of the main bridges over the River Shannon in the city.

Emergency services were alerted shortly after 2pm this Wednesday to an incident involving a man, who was sitting on Sarsfield Bridge and was apparently threatening to jump.

It is understood that a female passerby - aged in her 20s - was attempting to talk the man down when emergency services - including gardai, three units of Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service and the Fireswift boat - arrived at the scene.

Gardai succeeded in persuading the man to come down off the bridge and he was subsequently taken into custody for his own safety, it is understood.

The incident follows a successful river rescue on Tuesday evening, after a man, believed to be in his mid to late 20s, was seen entering the water at Curraghgower Boat Club located on the river in the city.

Three units of the fire and rescue service attended the scene and within three minutes of receiving the call, the fire service boat Fireswift was launched from its floating dock in the city centre.

On arrival, swift water technician firefighters entered the water and brought the man to safety. He was removed to hospital by HSE paramedics and gardai were also in attendance.

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