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Friday 6 December 2019

Survivors fought to save man after car plunged into canal

Gardai at the scene in Cavan. Photo: PA
Gardai at the scene in Cavan. Photo: PA

A man has died after the car in which he was travelling plunged into a canal in Cavan.

The 26-year-old was named locally as Daniel Grimes, from Kilteel, Co Kildare.

Mr Grimes was in the car with two other men when it entered the canal at Woodford River, near the Ballyheady Bridge, on the Ballinamore to Ballyconnell Road.

Mr Grimes's body was subsequently recovered from the water, and gardai said that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident occurred on Saturday at around 6.30pm, around 3km from the bridge.

The two other men who were in the car, aged in their 20s, managed to escape from the vehicle uninjured. However, one of the men was taken to Cavan General Hospital as a precaution.

It is believed that the survivors tried to help save Mr Grimes after the car entered the water.

The incident happened at the end of an unmapped road.

The men may have been visiting a family nearby when the tragic accident occurred.

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Gardai and emergency services attended the scene. Investigations are continuing, and work was under way yesterday to retrieve the car from the water and gardai are attempting to establish the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.

A technical examination of the scene has been carried out and the road is closed to traffic with local diversions in place.

Garda forensic collision investigators have been carrying out examinations as part of the garda probe.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, one person was airlifted to hospital following a collision in Co Clare yesterday.

The two-car head-on crash happened at around 12.30pm at Rineen on the N67 Miltown Malbay to Lahinch road.

Two ambulances responded to the incident, along with gardai and two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennistymon Station.

A number of people were assessed by National Ambulance Service paramedics, including an advanced paramedic, but just one man was reported to have suffered serious injuries.

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