Man dies after Benburb fishing incident

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A POST-mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death of a man whose body was recovered from a river in Benburb.
The deceased, named locally as Frank Donnelly fell into Blackwater River while fishing on Saturday afternoon.
It is thought that Mr Donnelly, 60, may have suffered a heart attack but there were no further details at the time of writing.
The Air Ambulance was scrambled to Benburb in a bid to save Mr Donnelly on Saturday afternoon.
It is understood a Lithuanian man tried to keep Mr Donnelly alive using CPR after pulling him from the water.
Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew sent her condolences: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family who I am sure are heartbroken today.
“I am calling on everyone to be extremely careful and cautious during this current hot spell when in loughs and rivers."
Sinn Fein councillor Phelim Gildernew added: "I didn't know him personally but from anyone I've spoken to he was a lovely fellow and never gave anyone any trouble.
“I'd like to pass on my sympathies to his family."
Benburb Angling Club said: "The man who died was a member of the club, but it's yet to be confirmed what happened and how he died. We pass on our sympathies to the family."
Dungannon man Timmy Acheson, who knew Mr Donnelly, said: "It's so sad, the loss of another of life's characters in Frank Donnelly, Champagne Frank. We'll miss the craic."
The Ambulance Service said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service responded to a 999 call at 12.44pm on Saturday, following reports of a river incident in Benburb, Co Tyrone.
“NIAS dispatched a rapid response paramedic and an A&E crew to the scene. The charity air ambulance was also tasked to the incident.
“No one was taken from the scene."
A PSNI spokesperson stated: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man, aged in his 60s, whose body was recovered from a river in Benburb on Saturday afternoon.
“A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of the death, which is not believed to be suspicious."
Funeral Mass for Mr Donnelly will be held in St John's Church, Moy at 11am on Tuesday, followed by interment in St Patrick's Cemetery, Eskra.


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