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Two dead after Limerick incident
29 Aug 2015 23:11
Two men have died after falling from Thomond Bridge in Limerick while carrying out maintenance work.
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A third man, who was working with them, is believed to be unhurt.
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It is understood the three men were wearing life jackets and safety harnesses to tether them to the cage, which was suspended from a crane, when it broke away.
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One man managed to free his harness and swim down river but the two others were trapped in the cage as it fell into the water at around 3.30pm.
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The two men, aged in their late 20s and early 40s, are thought to have been under water for at least ten minutes.
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Three Swift Water Rescue Technicans were deployed as part of the rescue operation and freed the men from their harnesses.
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Members of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue brought the men ashore at Clancy Strand and they were brought to hospital, where they were later pronounced dead.
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Limerick City and County Council said the men who died were employees of a firm contracted to undertake remedial works to the bridge, which began on Monday.
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In a statement, the council said it is liaising with gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority and expressed its sympathy to the families and colleagues of the men.
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Divers from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue assisted in raising the cage from the water and it was removed from the scene shortly after 8.30pm.
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