Man's body recovered on River Shannon in Limerick in latest water tragedy

The body of a man has been recovered in the River Shannon in Limerick tonight.

Man's body recovered on River Shannon in Limerick in latest water tragedy

The body of a man has been recovered in the River Shannon in Limerick tonight.

The man was seen entering the river around 8.50pm.

He was recovered by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service divers around 10.30pm.

Limerick City and County Fire Service also received an emergency alert that the man, in his 20s, had jumped from Sarsfield Bridge.

Three of the service's tenders were dispatched to the scene and the fire service boat Fireswift was also launched from Stramboat Quay.

On arrival at Sarsfield Bridge fire crews spoke with a witness who saw the man disappear under the water.

At around 10.30pm divers attached to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service (LMSRS) recovered the man's body from the river at the rear of Henry Street Garda Station.

"We had about 15 members involved, including two dive teams searching the river from the third arch at Sarsfield Bridge down to Shannon Bridge," said a spokesman for LMSRS.

"We had six divers in the water and we recovered a man's body near Shannon Bridge at the back of Henry Street Garda Station," the spokesman added.

The man's body was taken from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital for a post mortem, which will be carried out later.

Tonight's tragedy on the river is the latest in a string of recent deaths on the river.

Emergency personnel in the city have responded to several alerts on the river in recent days.

The body of an 18-year-old male student from West Limerick was recovered from the river shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday, September 7th.

In the early hours of Friday, September 18th, a man in his 20s was seen entering the water at Sarsfield Bridge.

The man jumped from the bridge while the river was at low tide injuring himself in the fall.

He was later brought to safety after been rescued from the riverbank and is recovering in hospital.

A man in his 20s was also rescued from the river at O’Callaghan’s Strand in the early hours of last Tuesday.

On September 11th, pop star Bressie, who has battled depression and anxiety, launched a national helpline for young adults battling to cope with their mental health.

The 'Walk In My Shoes' helpline, which is the brainchild of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin, is the first of its kind in Ireland aimed at young adults aged 18-25 years.

The helpline is staffed by experienced mental health nurses.

According to a spokesperson for St Patrick's, "suicide is the number one cause of death among 18-25 year old men in Ireland".

The helpline can be contacted at 01 249 3555, or by email at: help@walkinmyshoes.ie

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