Michael Staines
Michael Staines

13.35 13 Feb 2020


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A young man has been rescued from “icy waters” after falling into the River Corrib in Galway City in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Three Gardaí were involved in the rescue at O’Brien’s Bridge at around 2:10am.

It is believed he fell into the water after climbing on to bridge wall.

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Members of the public had thrown him a lifebuoy but were having trouble pulling him in.

When Gardaí Kevin Molyneaux, Garda Jonathan Durkin and Sergeant Gearóid O Dúinn arrived at the scene they could see him struggling in the water.

They made their way to the edge of the river and were able to pull him to safety.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he was treated for hypothermia and minor injuries.

A Garda spokesperson said the weather conditions at the time were “hazardous” and the man was saved through the quick actions of the three gardaí.

Galway Garda Station Superintendent Marie Skehill said: “The members involved are to be commended for their selfless actions and prompt response which lead to the successful rescue of this young man.”


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