Family have lucky escape while fishing
Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00
FOUR members of the same family had a lucky escape after they had to be rescued from a raging torrent of water following a freak incident in the River Lee at Carrigadrohid Bridge.
The four were fishing by the bridge last Wednesday afternoon when thousands of gallons of water were released from Carrigadrohid Dam.
Within seconds of the cascading torrent reaching them they were trapped under the eye of the bridge as the water level continued to rise.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was scrambled from Shannon but was turned back after Macroom fire fighters managed to rescue the shocked foursome.
Macroom fire chief John O'Driscoll said the proximity of the bridge to the dam meant the family had no warning of the drama that was about to unfold.
"The dam is close enough to the bridge for the water level there to rise very quickly, but not close enough for people to hear the warning sirens that are sounded when water is released," he said.
"It would not be too much of an exaggeration to say the family had a very lucky escape," he added.