Man dies after vehicle plunges into Newry canal

Victoria Lock on Newry canal

Victoria Lock on Newry canal

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.

Ambulance

Ambulance

“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."