Tuesday 30 May 2017

Student critical after fountain accident

Kathryn Hayes

A STUDENT was critically ill last night after suffering neck injuries when he jumped into a fountain to celebrate the end of his exams.

Cian Cleary (22), from Kildysart in Co Clare, was with a group of friends who leapt into the fountain in front of the Shuman building on the University of Limerick campus early yesterday morning.

The incident which gardai say was a "tragic accident" took place shortly before 5am.

Mr Cleary is a final-year business student living in College Court in Castletroy.

He was returning home from a party with a group of friends who had been out celebrating the end of their exams which finished on Tuesday.

A taxi driver, experienced in first aid, happened to be passing the scene and performed heart massage on Mr Cleary before he was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital.

A spokesman for the HSE described his condition last night as "critical".

Students' Union president Ruan Dillon-McLoughlin was at the hospital yesterday with the injured man's family and friends.

"We're not quite sure what happened. There was a few of them coming back from a night out and they were walking through campus to their house and obviously it would have brought them by the fountain. We are just making sure all his friends and colleagues are okay and we are supporting them as much as possible," he said.

A spokeswoman for the University of Limerick confirmed that the accident took place and said that campus security was co-operating with the garda investigation.

A garda spokesman said gardai were alerted shortly before 5am yesterday and the scene of the accident was sealed off.

Irish Independent

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