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Search underway after reports of body part seen in river

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The coast guard helicopter was called to the scene earlier this afternoon
The coast guard helicopter was called to the scene earlier this afternoon

A search is underway following reports a body part was seen floating in a river earlier this afternoon.

A passing motorist reported to gardai he had seen an arm sticking out of the water near the Ardnacrusha power station in County Clare. 

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 4.30pm today. 

Several units of the Limerick City and County Fire Service have been dispatched to the scene.  

The Shannon-based Coast Guard 115 rescue helicopter and a number of members of the Kilaloe-based coastguard marine rescue service were also sent to the scene. 

The Sikorsky rescue helicopter has since left the scene and the search is being continued by members of the Limerick Marine Rescue Service. 

The hydro electrical power station at Ardnacrusha switched off its turbines which are located in the canal to aid the search operation.

However, search teams have not found anything of significance, except for a blue garment discovered on the river's banks. There is no indication it is of any relevance. 

"We will be resuming searches in the morning," said a LMSRS spokesperson.