Two lives saved in rescues

Gardai investigating a car accident near Bansha are seeking assistance from witnesses.
Two men were saved in two separate rescue operations at the River Suir in Clonmel and the Glen of Aherlow on Monday.

Two men were saved in two separate rescue operations at the River Suir in Clonmel and the Glen of Aherlow on Monday.

Gardai in Clonmel saved a 49 year-old man from drowning in the River Suir in the early hours of Monday morning, plucking him from the river in the nick of time.

And later that day a major search operation was launched in the Glen of Aherlow for a 45 year-old Dublin man who went missing from the campsite he was staying in overnight. The search that involved about the 30 members of Gardai, Civil Defence, South Eastern Mountain Rescue and Coastguard as well as search and rescue dogs ended happily when the missing man was found by a local resident some miles from his camp.

Clonmel Gda. Sgt. Kieran O’Regan told The Nationalist the man rescued from the River Suir near the Gashouse Bridge was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital following his ordeal but has since been discharged.

He said Gardai received the alert around 2.30am on Monday. He and Gdas Mark Holden, Claire Murphy and Kieran Hayes went down to the quay and saw the man in the water.

“He was conscious when we arrived but was moving towards deeper water. We called the fire brigade and ambulance. He then became unresponsive and was lying face down in the water.”

Sgt. O’Regan and Gda. Holden waded into the river at the steps at New Quay and managed to reach the drowning man. They turned him over onto his back and placed a life buoy, thrown by Gda. Murphy, around him. The man regained consciousness and Sgt.