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Two bridge workers die after cage falls into River Shannon in Limerick

Three men were working on Thomond Bridge at the time.

Thomond Bridge in Limerick.
Thomond Bridge in Limerick.
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Updated 7.09 pm 

TWO MEN WHO were working on Thomond Bridge in Limerick City have died after a cage in which they were working fell into the River Shannon.

Three men were carrying out remedial work on the bridge when the support cage fell at about 3.30pm this afternoon.

A rescue operation was staged involving the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service, Limerick Fire Brigade and the Rescue 115 coast guard helicopter.

The three men were taken to University Hospital Limerick by ambulance.

It’s now been confirmed by Limerick City and County Council that two of the men have died.

The third man is understood to be uninjured.

The men were employees of a firm contracted to undertake remedial works on the bridge.

The council says it is liaising with An Garda Síochána and the Health and Safety Authority in relation to the incident.

Thomond Bridge and a number of roads in the vicinity remain closed following the incident.

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