Body of Co Tyrone man found amid flood

Tributes for Ivan Vaughan, aka Simon Scott
Tributes for Ivan Vaughan, aka Simon Scott

The body of a Co Tyrone man thought to have been swept away by flood water has been recovered in County Monaghan.

Irish police recovered the body of Ivan Vaughan, 70, around 10 metres from his car in Corraghdown, near the village of Glaslough.

It is believed the veteran musician was returning to his home in Co Tyrone on Sunday night when he encountered heavy flooding on a minor road caused by Storm Desmond.

A major search operation to find the missing man was mounted on Monday morning.

The pensioner’s body was found at around 11.30am.

A spokesperson for Monaghan Garda Station said it seemed the incident took place as Ivan was driving home on a minor road from Glaslough to Caledon, when his car became trapped in a dipped part of the road that had flooded.

A Garda spokesman said: “It is believed the car the man was driving entered the flood water and he got out of the car and was swept away by the force of the flood.”

Mr Vaughan was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had performed with musical outfit The Plattermen under the stage name Simon Scott in the 60s and 70s, but more recently had been touring as a one-man-band.