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Thursday 22 August 2019

Bridge fall woman saved

SWIFT RESPONSE TO 999 CALL

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

A 23-YEAR-OLD Wexford woman was recovering in hospital this week after falling from Wexford Bridge on Sunday evening.

A passer-by dialled 999 after seeing the woman fall from the bridge at 5.50 p.m.

The quick action by the eyewitness probably saved her life, as RNLI craft were launched within five minutes.

According to an RNLI spokeswoman, the swift response time was key to the successful rescue: ' The crews were at the station within five minutes of their pagers going off and they had completed the rescue with 10 minutes.'

The helm of the Wexford RNLI boat The Philip Robert Booth was taken by John Michael Murphy, with crew members Simon Gulliver and Damien Foley assisting.

According to gardaí, the woman had started to drift upriver towards Kaats Strand when she was plucked to safety by the crew.

An ambulance was on standby at Wexford quayside to bring the woman to Wexford General Hospital, where she was treated for hypothermia.

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