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Man rescued from River Shannon by Limerick firefighters

The man in his 20s was treated at the scene and taken to hospital after the rescue.
May 6th 2014, 7:35 AM 11,385 5

A MAN IN his 20s was rescued from the River Shannon yesterday evening by Limerick City firefighters after getting into trouble in the water.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5.44pm yesterday at Sarsfield Bridge. The man was swept downstream to the Shannon Bridge with the fast-flowing current and was thrown two lifebouys by local gardaí who were in attendance.

Four members of the Limerick City fire service’s swiftwater rescue team were deployed and managed to pull the man aboard their lifeboat just as he lost his grip on the lifebuoys, a witness told TheJournal.ie.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick.

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