One man dead, another critical and three fire fighters hospitalised


One person has been killed, another is critically injured and three fire fighters who attended the scene were hospitalised following a workplace accident in Portmarnock, Co Dublin this evening. The fire-fighters, from Dublin Fire Brigade were taken to hospital as a precaution and have since been discharged.

It is believed a drain-clearing crew from the drainage and cleaning company DrainTech, was working at the Drumnigh Wood housing estate in Portmarnock when the accident happened. The men were carrying out regular maintenance work on the sewer system at the time of the incident. They were working 20ft below ground when they got into difficulty.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said one man got into difficulty and fell into the sewer pit, and when one of the man’s colleagues attempted to assist him, he, too, got into difficulty. The two men were rescued from the pit, treated on scene and brought to Beaumont Hospital, where one man remains in a critical condition.


Photo: Courtesy Declan Keogh
Initial reports suggested the incident led to a double fatality, however, the Health and Safety Authority ater confirmed that one man had died.

Dublin Fire Brigade was alerted to the accident at 2.30pm. Three fire appliances, three ambulances and an advanced paramedic unit responded to the scene. Two inspectors from the HSA were also sent to the scene and an investigation has been begun into the circumstances surrounding the incident by the Garda and the HSA.

Kerry Emergency Services Charity Cycle 2015


The 7th Annual Kerry Emergency Services Charity Cycle will be held on Saturday 13th June in Tralee. This year’s event will coincide with Féile na mBláth, the Park Festival Tralee.

By Declan Keogh
Members of Kerry Fire and Rescue Service, Kerry based members of the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána will participate in the 75km leisure cycle from Tralee Town Park at 10am.


The route will take the riders from Tralee into Camp, Annascaul, Inch, Castlemaine and finishing back into Tralee. A free barbeque will be provided to all participants & volunteers on the day.

This year, organisers have once again chosen two important charities for the cycle. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (Kerry) & the South West Counselling Centre in Killarney.


Emergency Times wishes the organisers and participants every success with the event.

For more, you can follow the Kerry EMS Charity Cycle 2015 on their facebook page:

MAJOR INCIDENT declared in Northern Ireland


A multi-agency, cross border emergency rescue operation was underway this afternoon when two canoes capsized, leaving twenty-six people in the water.

The incident occurred on the River Foyle between Magheramason in County Tyrone and Carrigans in County Donegal at around 2pm today. understands the canoes were taking part in a fundraising event for the YMCA.

A Major Incident was declared shortly after the initial call was received.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Northern Ireland Fire & rescue Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, HSE National Ambulance Service and the Irish Coast Guard were among those involved in the rescue operation with the Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Team and Foyle Search and Rescue.

Six people were airlifted to Londonderry’s Altnagelvin Hospital where they are being treated for mild hypothermia.

Another 12 were taken by ambulance while the rest were treated at the scene.

It is understood there was a heavy swell in windy conditions and both canoes began to take in water.

John McPoland, from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: “All services sprung into action very quickly and thankfully everybody was taken from the water. What we’ve found today is that our capacity to respond to such an incident was severely tested for all emergency services and it’s a tribute to all the services involved that they were able to pull together so quickly and ensure there was no tragedies involved in today’s incident.”

As news of the rescue spread, the Northern Ireland emergency services kept the public updated through their twitter pages.

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The Western Health and Social Care Trust confirmed 17 people attended Altnagelvin’s Emergency Department following the incident. A spokesperson said the casualties have been treated for hypothermia.

Emergency Times understands nine people didn’t require hospital treatment.

In a statement, the PSNI said emergency services attended the scene following a report that a number of people were in the water on the River Foyle.”Police were alerted to the call shortly before 2pm this afternoon. A number of people were taken to hospital by helicopter for treatment as a result of the incident and the remainder received treatment by Ambulance staff at Prehen Boat House.”

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SDLP MLA for Foyle Mark H Durkan, who attended the scene, said: “It’s my understanding that a couple of boats have capsized while on the river Foyle this afternoon and 26 people have been rescued from the water.

“It has been a cold day and the water in the river would have been freezing. Coupled with the strong current and high tide it is extremely fortunate that we did not witness a tragedy here today.”