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Lucky escape: A cyclist fell into a Wicklow river and got trapped in thick brambles

Two lifeboat crew members managed to swim to the man. He was later taken to hospital.

A CYCLIST HAS been rescued from the Avoca River in Co Wicklow after a multi-agency rescue operation last night.

The Wicklow Fire Service, gardaí, ambulance and Coast Guard volunteers all responded – as did the Arklow RNLI crew.

The alarm was raised at around 9.25pm, following reports a cyclist had fallen into the Avoca River, near Arklow.

The man was eventually located, tangled up thick brambles, upriver from the town’s landmark ’19 Arches’ Bridge.

brid The '19 Arches' Bridge.

Two RNLI crew members swam to the man, reassured him that he would be okay and began removing him from the brambles.

A small rescue boat was then launched, and the crew-members – along with the rescued cyclist – clambered on board.

A waiting ambulance transported him to hospital.

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avo A photo from the scene. Source: Arklow RNLI

John Tyrrell, the Arklow Lifeboat Operations manager, said it was a successful multi-agency response:

“I’d like to say well done to all involved, this incident involved almost all of our local emergency services, through the inter agency co-operation we all managed to save a life, again this shows the importance of our emergency services training together to work together.”

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