A LIMERICK county councillor has saved a 16 year old boy from drowning by diving into the Shannon Estuary to rescue him.

The Limerick Leader reports that the teenager was swimming at Ringmoylan Pier when he got into trouble and began struggling. Local councillor Emmett O’Brien jumped in and pulled him to safety.

A member of the public, who witnessed the “dramatic” events, contacted the paper. He said that on Wednesday at around 6pm, he saw two teenagers “struggling in the water” near the pier.

“I was going to ring 999 to get the emergency services but before I could Emmett O’Brien jumped in,” he told the Limerick Leader.

“The first kid scrambled to the ladder and was OK. The second kid was trying to hold onto the walls of the pier but was getting slammed against it with the waves. He was going under the water,” said the eye witness, who didn’t wish to be named. “It was fairly dramatic stuff.

“The first kid scrambled to the ladder and was OK. The second kid was trying to hold onto the walls of the pier but was getting slammed against it with the waves. He was going under the water,” said the eye witness, who didn’t wish to be named. Emmett grabbed him and pulled him around the head of the pier towards the slipway. A neighbour had swam out to assist as well. He’s a lucky boy because he was in trouble. He was disorientated and shook when he came out.”

“You could be writing a very different story if Emmett hadn’t been there,” he said.

When contacted by the Limerick Leader, Cllr O’Brien confirmed that the incident took place.

“Anybody would have done the same thing. Look, everyone was safe and well but it just shows the river isn’t to be trifled with,” said Cllr O’Brien, who is an experienced swimmer and triathlete.