Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man rushed to hospital after dramatic rescue from river Liffey

Tomás Heneghan

Published 05/08/2016 | 17:13

River rescue in Dublin. Photos by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photos by Craig Chandler

A man was brought to hospital after being rescued from the river Liffey in Dublin city centre this afternoon.

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Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed two people were rescued from the water between the O'Connell and Ha'penny Bridge by boat after a man, aged in his 40s, entered the river.

A spokesman for DFB told Independent.ie a boat had been dispatched to rescue the two people and one was brought to hospital.

He said: “Two people were in the water. We sent our crews from Tara Street and Phibsborough and we launched our boat. One casualty was taken onto the boat. He's now being removed to hospital.”

River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler

He confirmed that the hospital is on standby “so obviously he’s in a bad way".

The spokesman continued: “His oxygen levels were quite low, so we have the hospital on standby at the moment.”

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

It is believed that the second person, who was not taken to hospital, entered the water to assist the first man.

Gardaí had called service after the alarm was raised and three units of the fire service were dispatched to the scene.

The spokesperson said typically rescue technicians would arrive, suit up and enter the water as the rescue boat comes down the river at the same time.

River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler

“It’s like a dual response. Somebody goes where the person is reported and then the boat starts going up the river the same time.”

A passer-by who witnessed the incident told Independent.ie the man did not appear to be Irish.

He said: “I was waiting at the bridge at the time. My friend spotted some guys jumping in and two other guys followed after them.”

“The guards threw over a buoy into the river to rescue him. He was then taken away on a boat and given CPR. But he was put in a body-heat bag but he wasn’t moving, so I’m not sure if he’s alive or not,” the man explained.

“I just saw them on the other side of the bridge and then there were two or three and they jumped in.”

River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler
River rescue in Dublin. Photo by Craig Chandler

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