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Divers find body at Lough Ree in search for angler Daryl Burke

Portadown angler Daryl Burke pictured with his wife Louise.

Portadown angler Daryl Burke pictured with his wife Louise.

 

A body has been recovered from Lough Ree, where divers have been searching for a Portadown angler for more than two weeks.

Daryl Burke, a father-of-three whose wife Louise is heavily pregnant with their fourth child, went missing after the boat he and two friends were in capsized during a fishing trip in the Westmeath Lough.

The boat was recovered on Monday evening after sonar scans of the water helped locate it.

On Saturday afternoon at around 3pm Boyne Fishermen’s River search and rescue service along with Community Search and Rescue NI located and recovered a body around 600 metres from the boat to the west of Yew Point. It will now have to be identified.

John Trimble, 60, and David Warnock, 27, were both rescued after the boat capsized in a sudden squall on March 20.

David died in hospital a few hours later. John is recovering and even joined the search efforts for Daryl on being released from hospital.

Portadown Pikers club, to which the three men belong, tweeted: “We are pleased to say Daryl has been found & his family will soon bring him home.”

Sean McCarry, Regional Commander of Community Search and Rescue, whose sonar equipment was crucial in scanning the vast expanse of water in the past fortnight, said there is a sense of relief that Daryl’s family may finally be able to take him home and bury him.

“There is a great sense of relief here at this development,” said Sean. “But there is also a great sense of sadness for Daryl’s family at the tragic circumstances.

“The thoughts of ourselves at Community Search and Rescue, and I am sure from all the others involved in this search and recovery operation are with Daryl’s family and friends first and foremost.”

Daryl’s wife was at the search scene when news of the body find came through.

Hundreds of people, including Garda divers, locals and friends and family of the anglers have taken part in the searches.

 

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