Family in lucky escape as car rolls into lake

Family in lucky escape as car rolls into lake
A picture from the scene today.

By Pat Flynn

A family had a lucky escape this afternoon their car rolled into a lake in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 1.30pm at Knockaphort near Mountshannon in the east of the county.

The vehicle was left dangling over a low wall with its front wheels in the water. It is believed that the car was only prevented from entering the lake completely because it became wedged between two trees.

It is understood that the family of three from Northern Ireland had been staying in accommodation in the local area.

According to an eyewitness, it appears the family had just arrived at the location when their car suddenly moved forward. The occupants managed to climb to safely.

Gardaí were alerted and made their way to the scene while a local farmer used a tractor to pull the car from the lake. The car was later removed from the scene by a recovery truck.

No one was injured in the incident.

Last May, a six-month-old baby had a lucky escape from a car which rolled into the lake at the same location.

A couple had parked their car and left it for a matter of seconds with the infant strapped into a car seat. Without warning, the car began to slowly move forward before rolling into the water.

A local angler, who had witnessed the incident, jumped into action and helped the panicking mother rescue the baby before the car became submerged. The child was uninjured.

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