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Woman in critical condition after River Liffey rescue

Five units of Dublin Fire Brigade were deployed during the rescue operation last night.

The scene at O'Connell Bridge last night
The scene at O'Connell Bridge last night
Image: @athenamediaie via Twitter

EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL recovered a woman from the River Liffey last night in a significant rescue operation.

It is understand the woman in her mid-30s was in a critical condition when she was taken from the water at O’Connell Bridge. She was brought to the Mater Hospital for treatment, where she remains in a serious condition in the intensive care unit.

Five units of the Dublin Fire Brigade from Tara Street and Phibsboro were deployed to the scene in Dublin’s City Centre at 8.45pm. The river rescue boat was also launched.

A man who entered the water in a bid to rescue the woman was taken to safety. He was brought to hospital for treatment but his condition has been described as not serious.

Dublin Fire Brigade’s river rescue unit has had a busy fortnight as this was its third Liffey operation in two weeks. On 23 November, three people were rescued from the river, near Bachelor’s Walk, by the emergency services. A week previous, on 15 November, the unit was deployed to take two people who had entered the river to safety.

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