Remains of 33-year-old Emmette Dillon recovered from Foyle

The body of young Derry man Emmette Dillon has been recovered from the River Foyle.

By Kevin Mullan
Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 4:38 pm
The late Emmette Dillon whose remains were recovered from the Foyle on Wednesday.
The late Emmette Dillon whose remains were recovered from the Foyle on Wednesday.

Foyle Search and Rescue retrieved the 33-year-old's remains at approximately 11am on Wednesday.

"Our team worked closely with the PSNI and emergency services to recover his body and bring him back to his family," the rescue charity said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Emmette’s family and friends at this time.

"We want to sincerely thank those involved in the recovery today. We want to thank our volunteers in particular, who had the difficult job of recovering Emmette’s body. We are extremely grateful for your efforts today and always. Thanks also to all emergency services that were involved.

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"Finally, a special thanks to Emmette’s family, his friends and each and every person who assisted in searching; especially our own volunteers, as well as Foyle Prevention Team, Maiden City River Watch MCRW and Search Team Northwest. We appreciate all you have done this last few weeks.

"RIP Emmette Dillon."

Emmette's twin brother Ryan paid tribute to everyone who helped in the search over the past few weeks.

In an emotional Facebook post he stated: "Foyle Search and Rescue recovered Emmette today and we will finally be able to lay him to rest. It's impossible to name everyone but the outpouring of support has been unbelievable.

"I am forever thankful to you all and to all the organisations and groups who have supported us. All friends, family and work colleagues who have given their time to support us. Emmette was my twin and we had an unbreakable bond."

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