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Two quizzed after being rescued from river

 - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The men were rescued by Killaloe Coast Guard – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Two men were questioned by gardaí on Saturday night after they had to be rescued from the River Shannon in Co Clare.

The pair had been in a 19-foot fishing boat near O’Briensbridge when they got into difficulty.

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The alarm was raised at around 10.00pm when the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and requested to proceed to the scene.

The volunteer unit launched it’s rescue boat while other members travelled to the area by road to provide support from the river bank.

Members of that land team located the two men one of whom had been in the water. Both were taken to safety while the man pulled from the water was treated by Coast Guard personnel.

Gardaí from Killaloe were also notified and travelled to the scene where they detained the two men under the Maritime Safety Act. The pair were released after being questioned while gardaí continue to investigate the incident.

The boat was taken from the water by the Coast Guard team and taken back to Killaloe where it will be held while Gardaí try to identify its owner.

Meanwhile, members of Killaloe Coast Guard travelled to the north Clare area yesterday to assist in the search for a man believed to have fallen to his death a week ago today (Monday).

Volunteers from the Doolin and Kilkee units of the Coast Guard have been searching for the man in his 30’s since the alarm was first raised.

A group tourists walking along a popular cliff top trail discovered a bag with some personal property close to Hags Head at the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher.

Gardaí travelled to the area and discovered a car which they traced back to a man understood to be from Co Tipperary but who had been living in Clare.

Coast Guard personnel have been carrying out sea and coastal searches from Doolin to Doonbeg while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, has also carried out several aerial searches.

On Thursday, search teams were joined by members of the Garda Water Unit while Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers have also been assisting in the search in recent days.

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