Belfast Telegraph

Woman rescued from freezing harbour

A woman is lucky to be alive after walkers heard her cries for help when she fell in to Dun Laoghaire harbour.

It is believed the woman, aged in her late 40s, stumbled and plunged into the cold sea by the East Pier Lighthouse at around 5pm on Monday.

Her cries for help were heard by people walking on the pier, who threw a lifebuoy into the water and kept her afloat until the Coast Guard arrived.

The crew of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI inshore lifeboat was on scene in minutes and pulled the freezing woman from the water.

She was said to be slipping in and out of consciousness and appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Stephen Wynne, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said it was dark with an easterly wind blowing.

"This is a very lucky woman," he said.

"Without the quick action of the members of the public who raised the alarm and gave assistance along with the rapid response of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, we would be dealing with a tragedy."

The woman was winched onboard the Coast Guard Helicopter and air lifted to Beaumont Hospital for medical treatment.

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