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Driver rescued from Achill lake after car plunges in during treacherous conditions

The rescue was complicated by gale force winds, sleet and snow showers as water rapidly filled the car.

Achill Coast Guard (File photo)
Achill Coast Guard (File photo)
Image: Achill Coast Guard via Facebook

A DRIVER WAS rescued from an Achill lake after the car she was driving was submerged at a notorious danger spot.

The Achill Coast Guard was called to the scene at Keel Lake on Sunday afternoon within minutes of the accident to find the woman’s car completely in the water.

The rescue was complicated by gale forces winds, sleet and snow showers, which combined to create treacherous conditions: the water was cold and fast-flowing, rapidly filling the car with water.

The car was also perched on a steep underwater ledge, creating the further risk that the car would roll off and trap the woman underwater.

Two members of the crew entered the water and managed to remove the woman from the car.  The woman was brought onto dry land and given first aid before being taken to a local GP for treatment.

The Achill Coast Guard praised the work of the crew involved in the rescue, saying that they prevented a “life threatening situation [from] ending in a real tragedy”.

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