Women left 'rattling with the cold' after being trapped in car
Two women had a lucky escape when they became trapped in their car after driving into floodwaters so deep they reached the steering wheel.
The women, both in their 60s, were going shopping when the incident happened.
They called the emergency services from a mobile phone, reporting that the water had filled their car and reached the steering wheel.
The incident happened at around 11.40am at Currakyle South on the Corofin to Ennistymon road, Co Clare, which was signposted as being closed and flooded.
Staff at the Munster Regional Fire Control Centre in Limerick stayed in contact with the women while emergency services - including the fire crews, gardaí and paramedics - rushed to the scene. The women were carried to safety and examined.
"They were very lucky - it was fair cold in there. The water was up to the steering wheel and they were rattling with the cold.
"It must be really frightening sitting in a car with the water up to your chest like that.
"They were in good spirits in fairness but must know how lucky they are," said an emergency worker.
Despite being wet and cold, the women did not need any further medical assistance.