Northern Ireland

Lough Ree: Search for missing NI man ends for day

A search has been taking place at a lake in the Republic of Ireland for a missing man from Northern Ireland.

Darryl Burke, 30, from Portadown was one of three angler friends whose boat sank during a fishing trip in Lough Ree, County Westmeath, on Thursday.

David Warnock, 27, from Richhill, County Armagh, died after being rescued from the lake.

A third man is stable in hospital. All three belonged to a County Armagh angling club.

David Warnock, a former captain of Armagh Hockey Club, died after being rescued from the lake

Members from Lough Ree RNLI, police and dive teams have been searching for the missing man, with the help of local fishermen.

The Irish coastguard helicopter has also been involved in the search.

Saturday's search has ended for the day. Teams are due back at the lough on Sunday morning.

On Saturday evening, more than 200 people attended a vigil in Portadown in support of the families affected by the tragedy.

Mr Warnock, a former captain of Armagh Hockey Club, was engaged with a four-year-old son.

He had been due to play in a league cup final next Saturday, however, that is now likely to be postponed as a mark of respect.

His friends and team mates said he was a superb player who could have gone on to play for other clubs, but his loyalty was with Armagh.

The Ulster Unionist deputy mayor of Craigavon, Colin McCusker, is a relative of Mr Warnock.

He said the family circle had been left "absolutely devastated" by the news.

Damien Delaney, RNLI operations manager at Lough Ree, said the search teams were holding onto hope that the missing man had made it ashore.

Members of the search teams returned to shore on Friday night

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