Arrest after €30k river rescue false alarm
AN ESTIMATED €30,000 was spent on a major air-sea rescue operation along Cork's upper quays after a man apparently jumped into the river only to be later found hiding underneath a city-centre bridge.
The search operation at one point involved the Irish Coastguard's Waterford-based Sikorsky helicopter, two separate Cork water rescue units as well as gardai, Civil Defence and search volunteers.
A 35-year-old man was arrested by gardai and a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over the incident, which lasted for seven hours.
The operation was launched after a pedestrian spotted a man entering the River Lee near Parnell Bridge, close to Cork's City Hall at 7am last Saturday.
Despite emergency services racing to the scene, including gardai from the nearby Angelsea Street station, there was no trace of the man in the water.
It was feared he had drowned in the treacherous currents.
The Irish Coastguard dispatched its Waterford-based helicopter so that its advanced cameras could assist with a suspected body recovery operation.
Boats were launched and, shortly after 11am, one rescue team spotted a man beneath Parnell Bridge, hiding from onlookers.
When rescue teams approached the man, he began shouting at them.
A stand-off followed for a period of almost three hours before the man was coaxed down from the bridge.