Monday 27 February 2017

Irish paramedic jumps into 25 foot deep river to save life of woman

Cormac Fitzgerald

O'Shaughnessy jumped into 25ft deep water to rescue the woman
Photo credit: FDNY
O'Shaughnessy jumped into 25ft deep water to rescue the woman Photo credit: FDNY

An Irish paramedic jumped into the Hudson River to save the life of a woman on Monday.

Limerick man Niall O’Shaughnessy (38) jumped into the 25-foot deep water after he became worried that the woman wouldn’t be able to hold onto a lifebuoy while she waited for a rescue boat.

“I realised that she was exhausted and she was having a hard time handling the life ring properly,” O’Shaughnessy told reporters.

"My biggest concern making sure she was OK and that she didn’t submerge... I have no idea why she jumped in, my concern was to just get her out.

"She was very nervous initially but I told her additional FDNY members were coming to help her.

"I was worried she was about to go under water for good," he said.

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O’Shaughnessy waited with the woman and helped direct a lifeboat to their location in the water.

She was then brought to a nearby hospital in a stable condition.

This is the second time the paramedic has made headlines for his heroic actions. Last year he rescued an Irish woman after she ended up beneath a subway train.

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