Wednesday 17 January 2018

Woman in pier car plunge out of hospital

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A WOMAN who managed to swim to safety after her car plunged off a pier into the water, claiming the life of a work colleague, has been released from hospital.

Hungarian national Csaba Orsos (31) drowned after the car smashed through a metal barrier and entered the icy harbour waters in Arklow, Co Wicklow, at around 6am on Tuesday.

His body was later found washed up on a nearby beach.

A port-mortem examination found the cause of death was drowning.

It is understood that the car was driven by Polish waitress Marta Herda, who is in her early 20s and who worked with Mr Orsos, a waiter, in the restaurant in the Brooklodge Hotel in Aughrim, Co Wicklow.

Ms Herda is understood to be helping the gardai with their inquiries.

An air of shock hung over the town yesterday and at the South Quay an impromptu shrine was erected.

"Csaba, you will be truly missed. You were a great friend," read a note attached to one floral tribute.

Local councillor Sylvester Bourke (FG) described the incident as an "awful tragedy" and said the whole town had been shocked.

Arklow RNLI said no one saw the vehicle smash through the barrier. It is believed that the alarm was raised by Ms Herda, who managed to free herself from the vehicle and reach land.

She was in a distressed state and spoke to gardai in her native Polish when officers arrived at the scene.

Sea swells forced divers from lifeboat rescue to abandon a search for Mr Orsos, but his body was later washed up at Clogga beach around 2.5km away.

Irish Independent

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