A successful river rescue operation saved the life of a man in Waterford city on Monday night (July 9).
‘Great inter-agency work' between Waterford City Fire Service, An Garda Síochána, Waterford Ambulance Station and Waterford City River Rescue CRBI saved the man’s life after he entered the River Suir at Rice Bridge shortly after 11pm.
“Waterford City River Rescue CRBI pagers were activated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre at 10:31pm reporting a person on the wrong side of the railings at Rice Bridge. On approaching the scene Waterford City Fire Service’s rescue boat was already in position, with Waterford Gardaí and Fire Service personnel negotiating with the person on the bridge,” a Waterford City River Rescue CRBI spokesperson said.
The man was brought onto the rescue boat in a conscious state, returning to the Plaza Marina where initial first aid was given by Waterford City Fire Service and then paramedics of Waterford Ambulance Station.
The man was then transferred to University Hospital Waterford.