Searches of river take place in Limerick after person 'seen entering water'

The Shannon-based Rescue 115 is assisting in the searches in Limerick

The Shannon-based Rescue 115 is assisting in the searches in Limerick

A MAJOR search operation is taking place in Limerick after a person was seen entering the river Shannon in Limerick.

Rescue 115 – the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter - has been assisting local emergency crews with the search operation since 8am but no person has been found, it is understood.

The alarm was raised at around 5.40am following an incident in the vicinity of Shannon Bridge.

Crews from Limerick City Fire and Rescue were on the scene within minutes as were volunteers from Limerick Marine and Search and Rescue.

Extensive searches have been conducted on the river since the alarm was raised and further dive operations are planned for later this morning.

Gardai from Henry Street are also in attendance and it’s understood the paramedics from the National Ambulance Service are on standby.

It is understood that after thorough searches of the river, no person was found by 9am. It is believed that a person was seen on garda CCTV entering the water. 

The search will continue this morning.

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