A woman whose car went into a river in Co Limerick over the weekend was rescued by two gardaí who entered the water to help.

Shortly after 7pm on Saturday, gardaí in Rathkeale received a report that a car had gone into the River Deel at Newbridge in Askeaton.

Gardaí were told that the car had skidded off the road and ended up in the river, with water rising into the car.

The water had risen to waist level, and the driver could not open the door of the car due to the significant current in the river.

Garda Michael Hally and Garda Andrew Maher attended the scene, where they saw the woman sitting in the driver's seat in a distressed state.

The two entered the freezing cold water and brought her to the riverbank, said gardaí.

Emergency services were at the scene and the woman was shaken but suffered no injuries.

Inspector Andrew Lacey praised the two gardaí, saying: "Michael and Andrew deserve tremendous praise for their quick actions in coming to this lady’s aid.

"Keeping people safe is at the heart of everything we do and this is another great example of our commitment."

Insp Lacey added that the temperature locally on the night was around -6 degrees.

"At all times of the year we should take care on the roads, but lately we have had icy conditions which require drivers to take extra precaution on the roads.

"Ensure you leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front and avoid harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Make sure your vehicle is winter ready," he said.

The driver, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I just really want to thank the two gardaí, Michael and Andrew, the Fire Brigade and the Ambulance Services for coming to my rescue. Without their help, who knows what could have happened to me."