A young mother and her two children were saved from drowning in the River Nore near the Weir on Saturday evening, in a dramatic rescue that involved the emergency helicopter, an ambulance, and bravery from the lifeguards and members of the public.
The 32-year-old woman was supervising her two children who were paddling near the Weir along Bleach Road, several metres downstream from the designated lifeguard area. She was not swimming herself.
According to witnesses, the children found themselves in an area of sudden depth and began to panic, and their mother went in after them. She then got into difficulties and went under the water.
The lifeguards and a member of the public were alerted to what was happening and immediately went to their rescue using buoyancy aids. All three were pulled from the river, and the young mother initially appeared to be resuscitated, but her condition then began to decline.
She was brought from the river to James’ Park where the rescue helicopter landed. Gardaí say her condition is not serious, and the children are also okay.
The funeral will take place today of Joe Grinsell, who died on Saturday while swimming at Ahenny Slate Quarry, just over the border in Tipperary.
It is thought he may have suffered a heart attack while in the water. His body was eventually recovered on Sunday morning.
A well-liked man in his local community near Windgap, he would have turned 65 on Monday. Irish Water Safety has again warned of the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards and of swimming in cold water.