Funeral today for Derry woman who drowned in Inishowen

Lorraine Plummer, known to friends as Chris, who died at Inishowen on Monday.

Lorraine Plummer, known to friends as Chris, who died at Inishowen on Monday.

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The funeral will take place in Creggan this morning of the Derry woman who drowned off the Donegal coast on Monday.

It is believed Lorraine Plummer, known to friends as Chris had been taking photographs on a small island off Dunaff Bay when she became cut off from the mainland as the tide came in and covered a shale causeway.

Her body was found close to the shoreline in the Rockstown Harbour area on the Inishowen Peninsula at around 5.30pm on Monday evening.

According to national newspaper reports it is thought the part-time student decided to wade back through the water but got into difficulty when she entered a deep hole and was unable to reach dry land 300 metres away.

A spokesman for Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Joe Joyce, said Ms Plummer may have survived if she had taken another route off the island.

“She was unfortunate in that we think she made her way back through some deep water and this is why she probably got into difficulty,” he said.

“If she had taken the long way around, then the water is not as deep and she could have waded through it. There are very heavy spring tides at the moment and she would have found herself cut off very quickly.”

Ms Plummer, originally from Eastway in Creggan was a keen photographer, geologist and dancer who was well liked and respected both in Derry and her adopted town of Buncrana.

Her funeral will take place this morning, with Requiem Mass at 10am in St. Mary’s, Creggan.

(See Friday’s Journal for further coverage)