Amsterdam death ‘accident’

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Dutch police are treating the death of Derry father of two Damien McFadden as a “tragic accident”.

The 37 year-old’s was discovered in a canal at 11pm last Saturday, just hours after he arrived in the city for a mini-break with three friends.

Tributes were led yesterday by Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who knows Mr McFadden’s wife and two young boys.

“The untimely and unfortunate death of Damien McFadden is tragically poignant and everyone’s heart will go out to his loving family at this very sad time.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to Sinead, the boys and wider family who are suffering such a shocking and tragic loss.”

Friends have posted a series of sympathy messages and tributes on Mr McFadden’s facebook page. One school friend said: “My thoughts are with ur wee Family, u were so proud of them sleep tight love & Godbless [sic]”

It’s understood that passers-by along the Singel Canal in the heart of Amsterdam’s bustling tourist area raised the alarm after spotting a body in the water on Saturday night.

Divers from the Amsterdam Fire Service entered the steeply sloped bank of the canal and retrieved Mr McFadden.

The rescue team made efforts to resuscitate Mr McFadden and he was taken to hospital, but he died a short time later.

The area where the incident happened is busy at nighttime and it’s been reported that anyone who fell into the canal at that point would find it difficult to have their cries heard.

The canal has steep banking would make it very difficult for someone to climb out unaided.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin said it had made contact with Mr McFadden’s relatives and was helping them to deal with the tragic death.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family at the moment.”

This will include sorting out arrangements with officials in Holland to bring Mr McFadden’s body home for burial.

The Derry man lived with his family in Donegal.