Man injured in river fall during chase by gardai
A 25-YEAR-OLD man had to be rescued from a river last night after he jumped 15ft from a wall in an effort to evade pursuing gardai.
The incident occurred at around 6.30pm at the River Walk close to Woodquay in the centre of Ennis, Co Clare. The man had been stopped at short time earlier by gardai, who wanted to speak with him.
However, he suddenly fled from the scene on foot. As officers gave chase, the man ran along the river walk before jumping over a wall into the River Fergus.
Gardai quickly reached the scene and alerted the other emergency services.
Three units of the fire brigade and paramedics from Ennis rushed to the scene.
Rescuers believe the man had a lucky escape after landing on a ledge while inches away the river suddenly dropped to a depth of 15ft.
Despite his injuries, the man had tried to make his way across to the other side of the river but returned to the ledge after realising how deep it was.
Firefighters climbed down ladders into the river and secured the man before lifting him to safety.
The victim sustained neck, leg and back injuries and was said to be mildly hypothermic.
He was then treated at the scene by a paramedic trained in advanced life-support skills while an ambulance was sent from Limerick.
The man was being treated in hospital last night for injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.