THE mother of one, who died after the car she was travelling in with her family plunged into the Grand Canal, will be repatriated to India this week.
Beena Jacob, aged 30, originally from Kerala in India, died after suffering serious injuries in Sunday’s lunchtime crash on the road between Cloghan and Shannonbridge. Her partner and eight month old baby were also involved in the tragic accident.
It’s understood the car was going over the bridge when it skidded on black ice, slid down the embankment and partly entered the canal at Clononey.
Her partner, Jibi, who was driving the car, and their baby survived the accident after he managed to free himself and the child.
Local man, Kevin Leybourne, was out for a walk at the time when he spotted her husband on the bridge with their baby.
The Chairman of the Banagher sub aqua club jumped into the freezing water after learning that the woman was still in the canal in a bid to try and save the 30 year old.
However, it is understood that he was unable to free her from the seat belt initially. Eventually, the woman was taken from the car but, despite the heroic efforts of all involved, they were unable to save the young mother.
The family were then rushed to Portiuncla hospital but the woman was pronounced dead in the evening. Meanwhile, the father and the infant were treated for minor injuries and shock.
Ms Jacob had been living in Shinrone and had been working for just a month as a nurse at the Clover Lodge Nursing home in the village. The staff at the nursing home were heartbroken at the tragic news.
An investigation into the the fatal accident was carried out, following the incident and local Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact Birr Garda Station on 057 91 69710.
Meanwhile, a post mortem was carried out earlier in the week and Ms Jacob’s body will be returned home to India this Friday.