Northern Ireland

Kesh: Police rescue woman from 'sinking' car

Muckross Pier, Boa Island Image copyright PACEMAKER

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after police officers rescued her from a submerged car in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.

Police received a call to say a car had gone into the water at Muckross Pier on the Boa Island Road in Kesh at about 22:25 BST on Saturday.

Two officers freed the woman from the "sinking car". A third officer entered the water to check if anyone else was in the vehicle.

All three were also taken to hospital.

Public assistance

Insp John Gordon commended the "brave actions of the police officers involved".

"A nearby police patrol responded and the two officers on board spotted the vehicle in the water," he said.

"Both immediately entered the lake and managed to free the woman from the sinking car."

Members of the public also entered the water to assist the rescue, according to the PSNI's district commander for Fermanagh and Omagh, Clive Beatty.

He thanked them, along with a group of people in a speed boat who helped at the scene.

The district commander also paid tribute to the "brave officers who arrived quickly on the scene, removed their kit and dived into the water to search for the casualty."

"This was a team effort by the community and emergency services working together to protect people and prevent harm."

Mr Beatty said the PSNI's "thoughts are with the casualty, their family and friends at this terrible time".