A “MAJOR tragedy” was averted in Newtownstewart on Friday after a number of people, including several young children, were rescued from a car that had entered the River Strule.
In a post of Facebook, Foyle Search and Rescue said that, at 5.55pm on Friday, the PSNI had requested their assistance to respond to a “serious incident” in the River Strule in Newtownstewart.
It stated, “Specialist Swiftwater trained volunteers were tasked to attend the scene, FSR volunteers were stood down shortly after responding.”
Fire service and ambulance crews were also at the scene.
Derry City and Strabane district councillor, Kieran McGuire, told the Tyrone Herald that a car had entered the river.
He added that a number of young children had been inside. Mr McGuire said it was believed that one of the children had let the handbrake off.
Praising the response of the emergency services, he said, “Thankfully, everyone was safe. A major tragedy was averted, but I’m sure the children were traumatised by their experience.”