A man walking his dog had a lucky escape on Wednesday night of last week after he fell into the water at George’s Quay Dundalk near the Spirit Store.
The Chief Fire Officer, Louth Local Authority fire service, Mr Eamon Woulfe, said that fire service, gardáí and ambulance crews were called to the scene just before 9pm on Wednesday night, wrties Ami Connolly.
“The emergency call was made at 8.35pm and the fire service crew were on scene at 8.40pm”, Mr Woulfe said.
The alarm was raised when a passer-by was alerted by the distressed man’s dog who was barking at the side of the quay.
“When we first arrived we spotted the man in the water holding onto one of the shellfish boats,” Mr Woulfe said.
“An officer threw a rope down to him and two fire fighters were able to get into a boat beside the man, reach in and pull him out into the boat.”
The fire service’s hydraulic platform was then lowered into the quay and lifted the man, who was “freezing”, up to the quayside where he was then attended to by ambulance crew and taken to hospital.
“He was suffering very badly from exposure and was extremely cold but still conscious,” said Mr. Woulfe.
“It was an unusual incident but everyone on scene, including Garda Paul Kelly, did a great job,” concluded Mr Woulfe.