Published Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Searches began on Monday evening, after the 17-year-old got into distress in deep water in the Strahan's Road area of Backtown when he fell off an old gym mat, which had been turned into a makeshift raft.
A police spokesperson said: "His body was recovered from the quarry by divers assisted by specially trained police search dogs and Foyle Search and Rescue."
Three of his friends, also believed to have been on board, were unable to help Rhys despite frantic efforts.
The recovery operation resumed on Tuesday, with searches focused on the area where the teen entered the water, pinpointed by his friends.
UTV's Gareth Wilkinson said Rhys's extended family had been at the quarry since he went missing.
"The family say they are relieved that Rhys's body has been found, but devastated by his tragic death," Gareth added.
Councillor Brian McMahon described the quarry as a "magnet for young people".
He said: "This quarry would be littered with stuff floating in it.
"He fell off the raft and struggled in the water. Most quarries are in very isolated areas and trying to get people up for rescue can take a bit of time."
It is expected the teenager will be buried later this week.