Man Critical After River Fergus Rescue

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A man remains in a critical condition after being rescued from the River Fergus in Ennis.

Emergency services were alerted shortly before half past eleven this morning, after a man entered the water near the Mill Road.


The alarm was raised shortly before half eleven today after a middle aged man entered the water at the Maid of Erin.

Emergency Services were alerted and a rescue operation was mounted on the River Fergus, behind the CBS Bunscoil on New Road.

Three units of Clare County Fire Service, Gardaí and ambulance attended the scene, while the Shannon-based Irish Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also dispatched but was later stood down.

At around 12 o’clock, the Fire Brigade’s Swiftwater Rescue Team recovered the man from the water and he was treated by paramedics at the scene.

He’s since been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment, where he remains in a critical condition.

A senior Garda Spokesman has told Clare FM that it’s understood that the incident may have happened as a result of an accident.

Full Statement from Clare County Fire Service

Clare County Fire & Rescue Services were mobilised to respond to a River Rescue earlier this morning in Ennis. 

3 Appliances from Ennis Fire Brigade attended the scene with An Garda Síochána and the National Ambulance Service. 

The Fire Brigade’s Swiftwater Rescue Team effected the rescue of the individual with one member entering the water, and the remainder of the team deployed to put the appropriate backup safety procedures in place for the attending personnel. 

Once the individual was recovered from the water, fire service personnel assisted the National Ambulance personnel in providing emergency medical care until the individual was removed by ambulance from the scene.