Today, both parents pleaded guilty to neglecting their children, aged two and four, on the occasion.
Inspector Ann Marie Twomey described the background to the incident at Cork District Court.
Gardaí received a call after 8pm on June 24, 2017, of a car having gone into the River Lee with three people on board. Witnesses said the car was parked on top of the slipway to the river near the Ferryboat Inn on Lower Glanmire Rd.
“The vehicle moved forward with a woman and two children inside. The vehicle lowered into the river. It floated on the water for approximately a minute,” said Insp Twomey.
“During this time the defendant and another man broke the window of the car which allowed all the occupants to escape.
“On arrival of the gardaí the vehicle was completely submerged in the water.
“Gardaí spoke to the defendants at the scene at Lower Glanmire Rd.
“They observed both were unsteady on their feet and that there was a strong smell of alcohol from their breath. Gardaí formed the opinion that they were intoxicated to such an extent they were incapable of providing care for their two young children.
“All were removed from the scene to the Mercy University hospital having been in the water for a number of minutes.”