Body found in Lough Ree search

Published Saturday, 05 April 2014
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Divers searching for a missing Portadown man in Lough Ree in Co Westmeath have found a body.

Body found in Lough Ree search
Teams have been searching for two weeks for the missing man. (© UTV)

Crews searching for Daryl Burke, who was fishing with two other men when their boat capsized on the lough last month, made the discovery on Saturday at around 2.30pm.

The body, which has not yet been formally identified, was found near the shoreline of one of the islands on Lough Ree.

A massive search was launched over two weeks ago for the missing angler.

Mr Burke, 30, was one of three fishermen who took to the waters on Thursday 20 March.

The other two men were critically ill when they were rescued from the waters.

David Warnock, 27 and from Richhill, died in hospital while the third man, John Trimble, 60, is recovering.

It is understood they intended to camp in the Carnagh Bay area for the weekend and fish on the lake.

The trio had set off for Carnagh from Hodson Bay and were part of a group from a Co Armagh angling club, who had travelled to the area, but had got into difficulty in the poor conditions.

Earlier this week, divers discovered the anglers' boat, a 15ft Dell Quay Dory flat-bottomed vessel, in the Yew Point area just off the lough's west shore.

On Saturday, Sean McCarry, of Community Search and Rescue, said that the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service had "dived an area about 500m from where the boat was, and in doing an extensive search there they located a body."

He said the discovery had brought both relief and sadness to all involved.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Keith Harbinson in Lurgan wrote (297 days ago):
May god give you all the strength to get through this sad time. And all who were involved. .
Tina in Lurgan wrote (298 days ago):
Rip so so sad
Maria mc gillewie in Keady wrote (298 days ago):
Thankfully his remains have been found im so sad for the families loses
NM84 in Portadown wrote (299 days ago):
May you now be put to rest and have peace in the arms of Jesus. You will be forever in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing you xx
v macartney in portadown wrote (299 days ago):
God Bless all the families x
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