By David Raleigh
Three youths have been rescued after they were discovered drifting out of control on a boat along the River Shannon in Limerick City tonight.
Three males were found on board the small fishing boat vessel by members of Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service and Limerick Marine Rescue Service shortly before 8pm.
"At approx 7.45pm a call came into Limerick City Fire Station, that a boat with three teens on board had lost power and was drifting down the river," said a source.
Three fire tenders responded to the 999 emergency call, including the fire service's rapid response river boat 'Fireswift'.
"Within three minutes Fireswift made contact with the stricken boat and brought the teens to safety," the source added.
It is understood the boat encountered engine trouble and had run low on engine fuel.
Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service (LMSRS) also responded to the scene.
"We received a pager alarm from the Coast Guard to respond to the incident. We found three young men in the boat, they were drifting near Thomond Bridge," a LMSRS spokesman said.
"Limerick fire service also responded and took two of the youths to safety. We took the skipper and towed the boat to safety," the LMSRS source added.
Earlier this morning, a man in his 20s was rescued from the River Shannon in Limerick.
Three units of Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised shortly before 1am to the river after a bystander saw the man entering the river at Sarsfield Bridge.
Rescue swimmers from the fire service swift water rescue team launched rapid deployment rescue rafts to reach the young man.
A source said there was a "low tide" at the time.
The man "sustained injuries consistent with a fall from heights", the source added.
The man's rescuers brought him to St Michael's slipway, on the river bank, where he was assessed by HSE paramedics.
The man was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.