Ireland Major search operation launched after person enters River Shannon

13:52  09 january  2018
13:52  09 january  2018 Source:

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A major search operation has been launched on the River Shannon this morning. Divers and other emergency services were called to reports of a person in the water near Shannon Bridge, Co Limerick, at around 5.40am today.

However rescue bosses say the teams were unable find anything, despite a "comprehensive" search , and have now pulled back from the area. A spokesperson for the coastguard said rescue teams were launched shortly after 3am, to reports of a person ' entering the sea' near Sandown.

Shannon Bridge in Limerick © Irish Mirror Shannon Bridge in Limerick A major search is underway for a missing man who was seen on Garda CCTV entering the River Shannon earlier this morning.

The alarm was raised at 5.20am when emergency crews responded to an incident near Shannon Bridge.

Rescue 115 -the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter -and crews from Limerick City Fire and Rescue were on the scene minutes after the CCTV footage was viewed.

It is understood extensive searches have taken place on the river since shortly after 5.30am, while plans are being put in place for diving operations.

Meanwhile, gardai from Henry Street are also at the scene, while National Ambulance Service personnel are nearby.

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It is understood that no person had been found by 10.30am and the search is continuing.

A source said: “At Approximately 5.20am this morning (Tuesday) Limerick City Fire Service were dispatched by Munster Regional Fire Control to a report of a man entering the river Shannon from the Shannon Bridge.

“Three Units of the City’s Fire Service along with its Swiftwater Rescue Crews & Rescue Boat - FireSwift attended. A thorough search of the river was carried out, however no person was found. It’s believed the man was seen on Garda CCTV entering the water.

“Coast Guard Helicopter R115 also attended at first light to search the area. The search will continue this morning.”

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