The devastated family of the Derry woman who drowned off the coast of Inishowen on Monday evening have described her as “a lovely girl who would always go out of her way to help others”.
Chris Plummer, known to her family as Lorraine, died while making her way back from a small island off Dunaff Bay on Monday afternoon.
It is believed the 40 year old may have found herself cut off from the mainland by the tide and may have lost her footing trying to cross back over onto the beach.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ this week, her heartbroken family spoke of their shock at hearing the news their sister’s body had been recovered from the sea.
“At first we didn’t believe it,” her younger brother Eamon said. “The police found her car, and her driving license was in there. And they found her body. They had the keys to her flat in Buncrana, so they went there and found photos and pieced everything together, it all matched up.”
The Garda in Buncrana then made contact with the PSNI who arrived at Chris’s father’s home to break the news on Monday evening.
“It’s an awful shock,” Chris’s elder sister Sandra said. “She’s only 40. She was really happy - she was at a time in her life when she was really very happy. She had everything to give and it seems so unfair that she has been taken from us.”
The Plummer family, from Eastway in Creggan, described Chris as a talented photographer who was starting to be recognised for her great talents.
They said she was “extremely creative” and had recently started making jewellery. A former horticulture student, Chris had developed a keen interest in geology and indeed this may well have been what brought her out to the beach on Monday afternoon.
The family have since gone to lay flowers at the island where their sister spent her last hours - and they have been able to retrieve her belongings including a notebook listing the places she wanted to photograph and a memory card filled with pictures of the beach taken from the island.
Described as being “totally devoted to her family”, Chris is one of five children.
She is survived by her parents Eamon and Ursula, her sister Sandra and her brothers Eamon, John and Stephen.
“She may have lived in Buncrana but she was close to her family.
“She came up every weekend to visit her parents,” Sandra said.
“And when I would come home from England a few times a year, she would be there for me every day.