THE GARDA Ombudsman has begun an investigation into the death of a man in Galway city.
The man, who is in his 40s, was taken from the river Corrib this evening by emergency crews.
It is understood that he had been stopped by gardai while driving a car in the city earlier in the evening. The driver got out of the vehicle when stopped before abandoning it and fleeing the scene on foot.
He then entered the river Corrib shortly after 6pm. The river is currently in flood as a result of the recent storms.
Emergency services were called to the scene including the Galway lifeboat and the coast guard helicopter. They began the search at 6.20pm.
They retrieved the man's remains at around an hour later at 7.27pm and removed from the water at Galway docks. His body was taken from the river and brought to University Hospital Galway, where he was pronounced dead.
Gardai alerted the Garda Ombudsman Commission to the incident.
A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman confirmed that they had received a referral from gardai at 8.30pm under Section 102 of the Garda Act 2005. GSOC has now sent a team of investigators to Galway to review the case.