Drunken Irishman Rescued After Falling Into Spanish River

A drunken Irishman has been rescued from a river by the Spanish police.

The incident took place on the Segura River in the city of Murcia in the south-eastern Spanish region of the same name.

A police spokesman told Newsflash that the Irishman is 40 years old and is a “circumstantial resident of the city”, although it is unclear whether his reasons for staying in Murcia are related to the COVID-lockdown measures enforced in the country since mid-March.

According to local media, the Irishman fell into the river next to the Pasarela Manterola Bridge and needed to be taken to the city’s Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofia.

In one photo, the man is seen being helped by rescuers on the riverbank.

A second image shows the rescuers in a dinghy on the river as a cop looks on from a nearby bridge.

According to local media, the Irishman was drunk at the time of the incident.

However, the police spokesperson told Newsflash that they did not carry out an alcohol test as there was no need. The authorities also did not fine the man for breaking lockdown rules “because there was no infraction”.

There have been no further updates on the Irishman’s condition.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 228,691 cases of COVID-19 and 27,104 related deaths.