The man who died after his vehicle plunged into Newry canal yesterday is understood to have been a tradesman who was in his 30s.
The incident happened around lunchtime yesterday.
“At approximately 1.55pm on Sunday, 27 November police received a report that a vehicle had entered the canal at Fathom Line in Newry," PSNI Inspector Russell Vogan said:
"The driver of the vehicle was recovered from the water and taken to hospital where he later died."
Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.
A PSNI spokesman added: "There are no further details at this stage.”
According to reports an eyewitness said emergency services, including four Fire and Rescue crews and a police dive team, continued their investigation at the cordoned-off scene on the Omeath Road yesterday.
SDLP councillor Gary Stokes said the van driver was his 30s.
He said: "It is so, so sad. It is such a shock to the family."
Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the man's family at this time."