‘There’ll never be another Pete’

The late Pete Craig.

The late Pete Craig.

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The sister of a man from Limavady who died two weeks after he got into difficulties off Portstewart harbour has spoken of her family’s grief at the passing of their ‘big dote’.

Pete Craig, who had lived in the Roemill Gardens area of the town for 10 years before moving recently, passed away on Saturday morning. The 45-year-old dad-of-two had been on a life support machine since the tragedy a fortnight ago.

Geraldine Craig said yesterday: “Pete used to dive off the harbour every day. He was a really strong swimmer but there must have been some kind of freak wave or something, because he was heard shouting for help. He was rescued by helicopter out of the sea and taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.”

She added: “Pete had a heart of gold and was the life and soul of the party. He enjoyed his life. There’ll never be another Pete.”

Geraldine said her brother’s funeral service is tomorrow at 11am from 20, Lisadell Mews, Portstewart, with burial afterwards, also in Portstewart.