Second River Foyle tragedy in less than a week as young man dies


A young Derry man has died within hours of being retrieved from the River Foyle last night.

Foyle Search and Rescue confirmed that their pager team was called to the river at 9.26pm on Tuesday night by the PSNI, where a man had been entered entering the waters.

A charity spokesman said: “Two boats responded to this call and recovered the male within 15 minutes of the call.”

The young man- who is believed to hail from the Strathfoyle area of the city- was transferred to hospital by the ambulance service who attended at the scene, but is understood to have died a short time later.

A PSNI spokesman said this morning: “A male was removed from the River Foyle by police and colleagues from Foyle Search and Rescue at around 9.30pm last night.

“He was immediately transported to hospital by ambulance for treatment however he subsequently passed away.

“Police will investigate the circumstances of the death for the information of the coroner however at this time it is not being treated as suspicious.”

In a statement issued through their Facebook page, Strathfoyle Community Association said: “We are very sadden to hear the loss of a young life within the Estate tonight.”

The young man is the second person to have been claimed by the Foyle in less than a week.

In the previous tragedy on Thursday past, a man was seen falling from the Peace Bridge and despite being retrieved from the river within minutes, he passed away a few hours later at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Local people meanwhile have been expressing their condolences to the family of the young man who lost his life overnight on Foyle Search & Rescue’s Facebook page.

One person wrote: “God help him tonight and his family. They need are prayers and support. Foyle Search and Rescue, we are forever in your debt.”

Another said: “Heartbreaking news thoughts ️an prayers with the family.”

A third wrote simply: “RIP wee pet x.”