Wednesday 21 February 2018

Teenagers arrested after 'getaway cars' crash into the Liffey

One of the cars is recovered from the Liffey at Celbridge Bridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan
One of the cars is recovered from the Liffey at Celbridge Bridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan
A recovery worker with the blue hatchback in the River Liffey in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Two teenage boys were lucky to escape with their lives after cars fleeing a suspected robbery plunged into the River Liffey.

The dramatic incident began when gardaí were first alerted to a suspected burglary at the Weston housing estate in Lucan, Dublin, at 4am yesterday.

Gardaí attended the scene but as they arrived they saw two cars driving towards Celbridge village.

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The cars crashed through a wall at Celbridge Bridge and entered the River Liffey.

One of the vehicles ended up on its roof at the edge of the water after falling down a steep drop.

The second vehicle, a blue hatchback, could be seen sitting in water just below the town bridge.

Emergency services were called to the scene and at least two people were rescued from the river.

Two youths - both aged 17 - were arrested.

Locals reported hearing sirens and a helicopter in the area as the rescue unfolded.

The incident prompted a rescue by Tallaght Ambulance service and fire brigade units from Tallaght; Naas, Co Kildare; and Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.

A representative for the ambulance service said that no one was seriously injured.

It's understood that water levels were low at the time and the vehicles could be seen sitting in the river by commuters during the morning rush.

Gardaí confirmed two male juveniles were arrested at the scene.

The two youths were being detained at Lucan Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The bridge reopened to traffic later on in the morning.

Tallaght Ambulance described dealing with the incident as a "busy night".

Irish Independent

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