Man is dog's best friend after drain rescue drama
Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00
A man had a lucky escape yesterday after he got stuck in a storm drain while trying to rescue his dog.
The Co Clare man, in his 60s, had been out walking with his pet on the banks of the Shannon Estuary close to Tullyvarraga when the dog got into difficulty.
The man climbed down into a culvert in an effort to rescue the animal but got stuck himself.
The man was only trapped up to his knees but was unable to free himself and was slowly sinking.
Named locally as Ollie Allen from Shannon town, he was able to use his mobile phone to raise the alarm.
The incident happened shortly after 11am close to the shoreline a short distance from Shannon Airport.
Fire and emergency medical services from Ennis and Shannon responded to the incident.
The man and his dog were quickly located and taken to safety.
The man was assessed by paramedics and was found to be unharmed and did not require hospitalisation.
One rescuer said: "This is one lucky man. He wasn't that deep in the muck but he just couldn't get back out and was still sinking.
"It was lucky he had a mobile phone with him but if it had happened later in the day it could have been a lot worse."