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Limerick man rescues woman from drowning in New York river

This was Niall O’Shaughnessy’s second Hudson River rescue.

Niall O'Shaughnessy (right) and his partner, Moses Nelson
Niall O'Shaughnessy (right) and his partner, Moses Nelson
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AN IRISH PARAMEDIC based in New York has saved a woman from drowning in the Hudson River.

Niall O’Shaughnessy, who lives in Long Island, was called to the scene along with his partner, Moses Nelson, on Monday morning.

The 38-year-old Limerick native jumped off a pier into the 25-foot deep water to rescue the woman, who was struggling to hold onto a lifebuoy.

“I realised that she was exhausted and she was having a hard time handling the life ring properly,” O’Shaughnessy said.

I was worried she was about to go under water for good… She was very nervous initially but I told her additional FDNY members were coming to help her.

While he calmed the woman down and began medical assessment, Nelson coordinated rescue efforts from the shore, helping to direct a nearby fireboat to their location.

The woman was pulled to safety before being rushed to hospital in stable condition, the FDNY said.

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This was the second rescue that O’Shaughnessy has taken part in on the Hudson River.

In August 2014, he saved the life of a man who had a cardiac arrest during the New York City Triathlon.

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