Snow Patrol pledge £10k for Joby sonar

Published Wednesday, 07 March 2012
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Snow Patrol have pledged £10,000 to the family of a young Belfast man who drowned in the River Lagan to help purchase special sonar equipment for the Community Rescue Service.

Snow Patrol pledge £10k for Joby sonar
Joby Murphy’s father Joe and girlfriend Karen McKiever at the Lagan footbridge. (© Pacemaker)

Joby Murphy, who was 20, fell into the water after going to see the band play at the Odyssey Arena at the end of January.

His body was found with help from sonar detection equipment brought up from Co Cork, as there was none in Northern Ireland.

Joe Murphy, Joby's father, has set up a fund to raise £30,000 to buy a piece of the equipment for the area. He thanked Snow Patrol for their contribution.

"My son was a big Snow Patrol fan," Mr Murphy told UTV.

"For some reason they have got in contact and said they were touched by the whole story and wanted to help with the sonar.

"They donated £10,000 - I was completely taken back."

The month-long search for Joby's body ended the day after the specialist sonar equipment was sent north, discovering his remains close to where he fell into the water.

At the time, Mr Murphy said: "We asked them to search in a particular spot and they were able to pinpoint what they thought was a body.

"They put down a marker this morning and the divers from the Harbour Office took 10 minutes in the water to pull him out."

The family hope the new equipment will prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Meanwhile Mr Murphy says he will continue his campaign for better safety measures on the Lagan footbridge and a change in attitudes to drinking.

© UTV News
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steve in belfast wrote (1,056 days ago):
very generous of the lads in snow patrol to donate money without being asked,very proud of north downs finest
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