Tuesday 16 January 2018

Woman saved and man missing in pier car plunge

Gardai divers search the waters at the scene on South Quay in Arklow
Gardai divers search the waters at the scene on South Quay in Arklow
Emergency services searching the area around Arklow Pier
The scene at the South Quay, Arklow, where a car a with a man and woman on board went into the Avoca River.
A car is retrieved from the River Boyne on Monday in a seperate incident after a woman had a lucky escape

A rescue operation is underway following an incident in which a car veered off a pier in Arklow.

The incident happened at 6am in the south quay area of the town.

A massive rescue operation was launched after the car left the quay and was totally submerged in the water below.

The woman who managed to escape the sinking car is in her 20’s, and was rushed to Loughlinstown Hospital to be treated for shock and exposure after freeing herself in the freezing waters.

A rescue operation is still ongoing for a man in his 30’s.

Local sources say the car appeared to have gone through a barrier which tore the rear bumper off the vehicle.

Fire brigade, lifeboat and coastguard units were quickly at the scene and joined by the gardai and civil defence as the rescue operation was mounted.

An investigation into how the car ended up in the water is ongoing.

This morning’s car plunge follows a freak accident yesterday in which a teacher managed to scramble out of her sinking car after it plunged into an icy river.Elaine Mongey (29), from Slane, Co Meath, was driving to nearby Drogheda, Co Louth, when she lost control of her car at a blackspot on the N52 road.

The Toyota Corolla crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a pole before crashing into the fast-flowing Boyne at Oldbridge.

Ms Mongey's father, Paul, said that within seconds the car started to fill up with water and sink.

"She told me everything happened so quickly. She knew she was headed for the river and tried to avoid it," he said.

"She didn't panic, she just thought, 'I have to get out of here'."

Ms Mongey was able to squeeze out of the car door and swim to the riverbank where she was helped by a couple from the North.

She was released last night from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Speaking of her ordeal, she said: "I want to thank everyone who helped me.

"There was a woman there when I swam to the bank who pulled me out. I don't know who she was, but thanks to her and to Boyne River Rescue and the ambulance service."

Diver Thomas Daly, who later helped retrieve the car, said Ms Mongey was lucky to be alive.

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