Sunday 11 December 2016

Motorist rescued from car trapped in water

Pat Flynn

Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30

A fire crew rescues a woman who was trapped in her car in floods at Cragataska, near Clooney, Co Clare. Photo: Press 22
A fire crew rescues a woman who was trapped in her car in floods at Cragataska, near Clooney, Co Clare. Photo: Press 22

A motorist was rescued last night after her car became trapped in floodwaters.

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The alarm was raised at around 6.45pm when another motorist came upon the car stuck in a flood at Cragataska near Clooney in Co Clare.

The road was one of many affected by the heavy rainfall in the county over the past week.

A unit of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis was sent to the scene where it found the car in about two feet of water.

Specially trained Swift-water Rescue Technicians (SRTs) attached to the Ennis station waded through the water to reach the vehicle.

After speaking with the woman and ensuring she wasn't hurt, fire crews pushed the car back out of the floodwaters. The woman was found to be unharmed, but shaken.

She is believed to have been travelling home from work at the time.

The road where the incident occurred has been signposted as closed due to flooding and is partially blocked by bollards to allow for local access only.

Clare County Council continues to warn drivers that many roads across the county remain badly flooded or impassible.

On Saturday, fire crews had to rescue two drivers from their vehicles after they became stuck in floodwaters.

One woman had to climb on to the roof of her car - there have been several other reports of cars stalling in floodwaters, although rescue services were not required in those cases.

Irish Independent

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