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Heroes Brave gardai rescue woman after car plunges into freezing Limerick river on -6C night

The water had risen to waist level and a "significant current" made it impossible for the female driver to open the door to free herself.

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The scene of the rescue in Askeaton, Co Limerick

The scene of the rescue in Askeaton, Co Limerick

The scene of the rescue in Askeaton, Co Limerick

Two brave gardai sprang into action to save a woman after her car plunged into a river in Limerick on Saturday evening.

Shortly after 7pm on January 9, officers in Rathkeale received a report that a car had gone into the River Deel at Newbridge in Askeaton.

The car had skidded off the road and ended up in the river, with water rising into the vehicle.

The water had risen to waist level and a "significant current" made it impossible for the female driver to open the door to escape.

Garda Michael Hally and Garda Andrew Maher raced to the scene where they found the woman inside the driver's seat in a "distressed state."

They entered the freezing cold water, freed the woman from the car and took her to the riverbank.

Emergency services attended and carried out a check on the shaken woman who luckily suffered no injuries.

Speaking today, Inspector Andrew Lacey said "Michael and Andrew deserve tremendous praise for their quick actions in coming to this lady's aid.

"Keeping people safe is at the heart of everything we do and this is another great example of our commitment. The conditions on the night can't be under estimated as the temperature were around -6 degrees.

"At all times of the year we should take care on the roads, but lately we have had icy conditions which require drivers to take extra precaution on the roads. Ensure you leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front and avoid harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Make sure your vehicle is winter ready.”

The driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, said "I just really want to thank the two Gardaí, Michael and Andrew, the Fire Brigade and the Ambulance Services for coming to my rescue. Without their help, who knows what could have happened to me."

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