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Woman (20s) dies after being rescued from river in multi-agency operation

Rescue personnel quickly located the woman in bushes on an island in the River Fergus.

File image: The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard, Rescue 115, was also tasked and reached the scene soon after the other emergency services.
File image: The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard, Rescue 115, was also tasked and reached the scene soon after the other emergency services.
Image: PA Archive/PA Images

A WOMAN WHO was rescued from a river in Co Clare in a multi-agency operation has died. 

Gardaí confirmed they are treating the death as a personal tragedy. 

A major search was launched after the alarm was raised at around 5.15pm when gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a person in the River Fergus in the Cloughleigh area of Ennis.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station, including specially-trained swift water rescue technicians, were sent to the scene along with ambulance paramedics and gardaí.

The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard, Rescue 115, was also tasked and reached the scene soon after the other emergency services.

Members of Clare Civil Defence were also sent to assist in the search operation. 

Firefighters commenced a search in the area where the woman, locating the woman shortly after. 

The woman was brought ashore on a fire service raft where further efforts to resuscitate the casualty using CPR and a defibrillator continued.

The river was high and fast-flowing at the time with firefighters battling against a very strong current. 

National Ambulance Service paramedics took the woman into their care and continued CPR before she was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

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