Motorist fleeing gardai drowns in river
Published 06/02/2014 | 02:30
The Garda Ombudsman has begun an investigation into the death of a man in a river in Galway city.
The man, who was in his 40s, was taken from the river Corrib yesterday evening by emergency crews.
It is understood that he had been stopped by gardai while driving a car in the city earlier in the evening.
The driver got out of the vehicle when stopped, before abandoning it and fleeing the scene on foot.
He then entered the river Corrib shortly after 6pm. The river is in flood as a result of the recent storms.
Emergency services were called to the scene including the Galway lifeboat and the coast guard helicopter.
They began the search at 6.20pm. They retrieved the body of the man – believed to be Scottish – around an hour later at 7.27pm.
His body was taken from the river and brought to University Hospital Galway where he was pronounced dead.
Gardai alerted the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to the incident last evening.
A spokesperson for the ombudsman confirmed that they had received a referral from gardai at 8.30pm under Section 102 of the Garda Act 2005.
GSOC has now sent a team of investigators to Galway to review the case.