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Police chief thanks for heroics involved in rescue of woman from submerged car

Scene of the incident at Muckross Bay on the Boa Island Road in Kesh. Picture: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press
Scene of the incident at Muckross Bay on the Boa Island Road in Kesh. Picture: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press
Scene of the incident at Muckross Bay on the Boa Island Road in Kesh. Picture: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

A police commander has praised the actions of his own officers, other emergency responders and the local community for their help in the rescue of a woman who became trapped in her car when it plunged into a lake in Fermanagh.

Local DUP councillor Deborah Armstrong described it as a "very sad incident" which left the community stunned.

The woman, thought to be in her 50s, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

She became trapped in her car when it plunged into the water at Muckross Pier on the Boa Island Road in Kesh at around 10.30pm on Saturday

Police, the Irish Coastguard, RNLI, fire service and the ambulance service all attended the scene.

The first two police officers on the scene, who had been passing at the time, jumped in the water and pulled the woman from the sinking car. A third entered the water to check there was no one else in the car.

A local farmer then helped pull the car from the water to ensure no one else was involved.

All three officers needed hospital treatment.

District commander Derek Beatty offered his "sincere thanks" to all those involved in the incident.

"To the members of the community who phoned police, informing them of this tragic incident," he said.

"To the brave officers who arrived quickly on the scene, removed their kit and dived into the water to search for the casualty.

"To the members of the community who also entered the water to help us in the rescue attempt.

"To the community members in the speed boat who also helped.

"To our colleagues in the ambulance service, who sped the casualty away to hospital.

"To the PSNI Duty Inspector who also arrived on scene and entered the water to help search for anyone else who may have been in the vehicle.

"To our colleagues in the SWAH Emergency Department who save lives every day.

"This was a team effort by the community and emergency services working together to protect people and prevent harm.

"And finally our thoughts are with the casualty, their family and friends at this terrible time.

"Thanks to one and all."

The area is a popular Fermanagh beauty spot.

UUP MLA Rosemary Barton also praised those involved wishing the woman a full recovery.

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