A young man who fell into the River Lee at low tide was rescued after the Cork City Fire Department, after careful consideration, brought him to safety with a stretcher and crane.

The emergency rescue took place on Wednesday around 5.45 p.m., shortly after a shocked passer-by saw the man plunge into the river from Sullivan’s Quay and sounded the alarm.

One person tried to rescue the distressed man by throwing a buoy into the river, but it took a team of firefighters and a crane attached to a stretcher to get the man to safety.

Firefighters took the man to safety with a crane and a stretcher

Two firefighters tied to ropes climbed into the river and made sure that the man’s head was above water, a third firefighter was then lowered using a crane with a stretcher.

The team managed to load the injured man onto the stretcher, who was alert and talking to his rescuers as he was lifted through the air while a firefighter held onto the ropes next to him.

A crowd of onlookers watched anxiously as the young man came back to the quay and was taken away in an ambulance, although he did not appear to be seriously injured.

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