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Monday 25 September 2017

Woman killed in Howth harbour car plunge

A WOMAN has died after the car she was driving plunged into the sea off Howth harbour.

A major rescue operation began after the car was seen going into the water off the west pier at Howth in north Dublin shortly after 3pm yesterday.

The 30-year-old's death occurred on the same day that the body of a mum-of-three was recovered from the Liffey river in Kildare, after she had gone missing from her Naas home.

Gardai, the Howth in-shore lifeboat, Coast Guard and three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene in Howth.

The car was found submerged in the water off the end of the pier. The body of the woman was later recovered from the water by divers with the Garda Water Unit.

Paramedics attempted to revive her but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokesman for the Howth Lifeboat said they launched within five minutes of receiving the call from the harbour.

"We found where the car was but we don't have divers so we had to await the Garda Water Unit. They dived and retrieved the casualty," he explained.

Local sources told the Herald that there were six or seven incidents last year of cars going off the piers in Howth.

Also yesterday, the body of mother-of-three Mary Prendergast was recovered from the river Liffey in Kildare, a day after she had gone missing.

Mrs Prendergast (61), who ran the Bluebell B&B at Killashee, had vanished on Tuesday morning, but her silver Ford Puma car was found parked beside a bridge on the Liffey at Carnalway that night.

Searchers found Mrs Prendergast's body about 2km downstream yesterday morning.

Gardai today said they are treating both the Kildare and Howth deaths as a "tragic incidents" and do not suspect any foul play.

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