Tributes to 'beautiful soul' killed in plunge
A MOTHER who died when her car plunged into a canal was a "beautiful soul" who came to Ireland for a better life.
Friends last night paid tribute to Beena Jacobs, who died as she returned home from church with her husband and seven-month-old baby boy.
Their car swerved on black ice on Clononey Bridge and plunged into the freezing Grand Canal in Co Offaly. It is believed she got entangled in her seat belt and could not escape the vehicle.
However, her Indian-born husband, Jibi, managed to break free and save their child before scrambling to safety.
In 2006, she began working in Ireland at a nursing home in Fermoy in Co Cork, before moving to Shinrone in Co Offaly, where she had been living for the past month.
Veronica McNamara, operations director at Clover Lodge Nursing Home in Shinrone, said: "It's just so sad for her seven-month-old baby."
She described Mrs Jacobs as a "beautiful soul" and says, like many staff who arrive here from India, all she wanted was a better life for her and her family.
"She really was a beautiful person and a wonderful nurse. She had the most beautiful smile you've ever seen. I know everyone says that but I mean that sincerely."
A post mortem was carried out yesterday and Mrs Jacobs' body will be repatriated to India on Friday.