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Former Liffey Swim winner among fire officers who rescued man from river this evening

Laura Larkin

Published 07/08/2016 | 19:37

Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade
Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade

A MAN has been rushed to hospital this evening, after being rescued from the River Liffey.

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The man entered the water near Capel Street Bridge before 6pm this evening.

A female Swift-Water Rescue Technician (SRT) – a fire officer who has specialist training – swam out to the man’s aid and tended to him until the Dublin Fire Brigade’s boat arrived on the scene.

The rescue swimmer is a former winner of the Liffey Swim’s female event.

Two ambulances, three fire engines and a boat responded to the scene from Tara Street and Phibsboro stations.

The rescued man was brought to St James’s Hospital where his condition is not thought to be serious.

A source told Independent.ie that it appeared the man jumped into the water.

It is the second dramatic rescue from the river in recent days.

On Friday a man was rescued after he and a pal jumped into the river from the boardwalk between the O’Connell and Ha’Penny bridges.

It is understood that those men had been drinking and entered the river voluntarily before one of the men got into trouble.

Yesterday, Dublin’s 97th annual Liffey Swim saw hundreds of swimmers descend on the river to take part in the race.

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