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Firefighter hospitalised after Lurgan lake rescue

The lake in Lurgan Park. Credit: Google
The lake in Lurgan Park. Credit: Google

A firefighter was hospitalised after helping to rescue two men from a lake in Lurgan.

Shortly before 8pm on Friday, a man entered the water in Lurgan Park and another man got into difficulty while trying to rescue him.

Police, the fire service and the ambulance service all responded to the scene.

A PSNI spokesperson said the second man was being dragged under and had to come back out "to avoid drowning himself".

"These are the moments that decision making is critical. Do you risk adding to the casualty tally by going in? Do you put extra pressure on Fire and Rescue Service by giving them more people to get out?" they added. 

"Or do you rely on team work and put your own life on the line? Condense that thought process into mere seconds, and the decision was an easy one for two of our lads. Kit off, in they went."

"Our guys managed to work together to bring the casualty closer to the shore, where two of our NIFRS colleagues also got in to complete the job."

The two officers body temperature had plummeted and they were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police warned of the dangers of entering the water while under the influence of alcohol.

"It's not just your own life on the line, it's the lives of those who aren't going to stand by and watch you die," the spokesperson added.

"Today could have been multiple deaths. Thankfully, it was only two to hospital; the original casualty and one of our brave NIFRS colleagues. We wish them a speedy recovery."

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) spokesperson said: "NIAS received a 999 call at 19:47 following reports of two males in difficulty in water in Lurgan.

"NIAS dispatched 2 Rapid Response Paramedics, 2 Emergency Crews and a HART officer to the incident.

"PSNI and NIFRS crews effected the rescue if the two males and following assessment and initial treatment, one patient was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital. The second patient declined the offer of transport.

"Two of the rescuers were also taken to Craigavon Area Hospital for further assessment."

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