Lucky to be alive

Thursday, 26 October 2017

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QUESTIONS are being asked this week about how a car was able to gain access to Lough Neagh at Antrim's Loughshore Park before it ended up in the freezing water, hours after the gates to the facility should have been locked.
Tragedy was averted when its driver was dragged from the sinking vehicle by four police officers and pals James Nicholl and Jedd Hill, who risked their own lives wading into the lough in the early hours of Sunday.
The man was taken to Antrim Area Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.
Local councillor Neil Kelly said: "It seems at this stage that the barrier may not have been locked at the entrance to the car park which allowed the public access to the area which is usually closed to traffic.
“I have asked council staff for clarification regarding the opening and closing of the car park and if indeed it was not secured on that night, why this was the case."
The Council said that an investigation is currently under way.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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