A 37-year-old Ulster Bank executive has drowned at a Spanish marina.
Nigel Sharvin, who was on a stag party, was pulled from the water early on Friday.
Mr Sharvin’s father, John, lives in Ballynahinch.
The banker, who was born in South Africa, had lived in Northern Ireland for more than 20 years. Most recently, he lived in Belfast.
Councillor for Ballynahinch Michael Coogan told a Sunday newspaper that his death had come as a great shock to the community.
“I’ve known Nigel for nearly 20 years when he moved here from South Africa and his father is my neighbour,” he said.
“It’s a tragedy for the family and our thoughts go out to them at this difficult time.”
Newly elected SDLP councillor for Newry, Mourne and Down Mark Murnin said he has known Mr Sharvin’s father “for a long time”.
“I would like to extend my sympathies to the family.”
On Sunday night a spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Puerto Banus on May 23.
“We are offering consular assistance to the family.”
A spokesman for the Ulster Bank declined to comment.