Sunday 25 June 2017

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

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

Cormac Fitzgerald

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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