Woman saved from River Shannon last night

Clarion hotel at the River Shannon
Clarion hotel at the River Shannon

Heroic fire fighters fought dramatically against gael force winds and lashing rain to rescue a woman from the River Shannon last night.

The crew from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service (LCFRS) rescue boat were dispatched to Steamboat Quay, Limerick City at approximately 11.50pm. 

The woman entered the river near the Clarion Hotel where the fire fighters located her within minutes after launching their newly purchased rescue boat.

The boat was provided by Limerick City and County Council to allow the fire service perform faster rescues on the river. 

The fire service has over thirty members trained as Swift Water Rescue Technicians who are specifically trained to carry out water rescues. 

The woman, aged in her 20s, who entered the water last night, was located between the Clarion Hotel and Limerick Docks. 

"She was unconscious upon arrival. LCFRS boat crew rescued her from the water and began CPR. They were met at St Michael's slipway by HSE paramedics who treated her on scene before transferring her to University Hospital Limerick," said a fire service source.

"It's believed the woman's injuries are serious, however on leaving the scene she was breathing," the source added.