Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish man hailed a hero for saving woman's life after New Year's Day river plunge

Joanne Sweeney

Published 01/01/2016 | 17:19

The man who helped rescue the stricken woman gives the thumbs up Credit: PSNI
The man who helped rescue the stricken woman gives the thumbs up Credit: PSNI

A man has been hailed as a hero after he jumped into a river to rescue a woman from drowning.

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The man jumped into the swollen River Lagan at the Island Centre in Lisburn to pull the woman from the water on New Year's Day.

An eye-witness said the woman was in the water up to her shoulders.

The PSNI arrived quickly on the scene to try to pull both the man and woman out with a rope.

But it required the efforts of fire officers to use a ladder on the steep river banks to bring the woman and her rescuer out to safety.

It's understood that both the woman and man were taken to the Lagan Valley Hospital for treatment for possible hypothermia.

The PSNI in Lisburn confirmed the rescue of the woman on Facebook.

A statement said: "Together with one very courageous member of the public, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Officers from ‪#‎bSection‬ Lisburn Policing Team rescued a woman from the River Lagan earlier today.

"We are glad to report that the lady involved and the man who undoubtedly saved her life are both doing well in hospital."

An eyewitness, out walking at the Island Centre told the Belfast Telegraph the incident unfolded "very quickly".

She added: "I feel very privileged to have witnessed an act of supreme courage and selflessness."

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