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Lucky escape for woman after car entered water at Carlingford slipway

Emergency services have been praised for their swift response.
Jul 14th 2016, 6:10 PM 34,025 23

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A YOUNG WOMAN had a lucky escape in Carlingford this morning when the car she was driving left the road and entered the water.

The incident occurred at the pier slipway beside St John’s Castle on the main Carlingford to Newry road at around 9.30am today.

One eyewitness said, “I saw this black car in the water and thought the people in it must be in serious bother.

Then I saw the driver’s door open and I was just so relieved. People were rushing to help. A man called the coastguard and they came very quickly.

Fire services, gardaí and ambulances also attended the scene.

The woman, believed to be from Warrenpoint, was taken to hospital in Newry. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Locals praised emergency services for their swift response to the incident.

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Concerns however were raised about the algae and seaweed on the slipway.

A witness said: “People come and park on the slipway and I worry that a tragedy like the one up in Donegal could happen here. For every accident that you read about there are plenty more close calls that you never hear about.”

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