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Friday 19 September 2014

Fireman rescues woman in daring rescue bid

David Raleigh

Published 01/03/2014 | 19:16

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A women entered the water near Sarsfield bridge Limerick City. An immediate rescue operation by Limerick City Fire And Rescue and Rescue 115, the Shannon based rescue helicopter who both entered the water in an effort to safe the women.

Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
1/3/14 A women entered the water near Sarsfield bridge Limerick City. An immediate rescue operation by Limerick City Fire And Rescue and Rescue 115, the Shannon based rescue helicopter who both entered the water in an effort to safe the women. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.

A fireman has jumped from a bridge into a raging river to save the life of a young woman in a dramatic rescue bid.

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The young woman, believed to be in her 20s, and from Garryowen, entered the River Shannon at around 5:30pm.

According to an eyewitness, a fireman attached to Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service jumped from Sarsfield Bridge and held the woman in the water until they were met by a rescue boat.

The Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter -- which was already performing an exercise in the vicinity -- was dispatched to the scene.

"The helicopter sent the winchman down to the woman but they couldn't get to her. The fireman then jumped off the bridge and swam to her. They were picked up by a rescue boat that was launched from St Michael's Boat Club," the eyewitness said.

"It was all mental stuff," the man added.

A spokesperson for Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service said: "We dispatched three units at 17:35pm and they were back at the station at 6:10pm. One of our members jumped in. She was saved."

"The helicopter was in the area and helped out in the rescue. I don't think the person was in the water for very long, so I don't think they were seriously injured," a Garda source added.

An ambulance took the woman from the scene to University Hospital Limerick.

She is believed to be in a stable condition.

Irish Independent

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