Major rescue operation called off and man arrested after pier incident
A major rescue operation has been called off after authorities confirmed no people were inside a car which had entered the water from a pier in Co Clare.
It is understood the car was deliberately driven into the water after it was stolen.
Gardai said a man in his 20s was arrested this morning for assaulting a woman in her mid 30s and then stealing her car.
The incident occurred in Limerick city.
The man drove off in the vehicle which was later discovered to have been driven off the pier at Seafield, Quilty, Co Clare at 8pm yesterday.
A major rescue operation was launched in Clare last night after witnesses feared there were occupants in the car.
The Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard were at the scene, as well as two units of the fire brigade and an ambulance from Ennistymon.
Local divers were called into assist and quickly entered the water to carry out a closer investigation.
On reaching the vehicle, divers found no persons inside however one of the car’s doors was found to be open.
The man is currently detained at Henry St Garda Station where an investigation is underway.