Northern Ireland

Lough Ree: Body found identified as Darryl Burke

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Image caption Emergency services at the scene at Lough Ree in County Westmeath during the search

A body which was recovered from Lough Ree in County Westmeath has been formally identified as missing County Armagh angler Darryl Burke.

The 30-year-old from Portadown, was fishing on the lake with two friends when their boat sank on 20 March.

David Warnock, 27, from Richhill, was rescued but later died in hospital.

A body was found in the water on Saturday afternoon. GardaĆ­ (Irish police) said his family have been informed.

The remains were discovered about 500m from where the fishermen's boat was located earlier this week.

The Community Rescue Service, working alongside the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service, located a body at about 15:00 BST.

Island

Sean McCarry of the Community Rescue Service said their thoughts were with Mr Burke's family.

"The family are very relieved, they have been there day and night," he said.

An extensive search of Lough Ree has been under way since the boat went down.

Debris from the boat was discovered about a week ago following painstaking searches by diving teams and volunteers who combed the shoreline.

The three fishermen belonged to a County Armagh angling club. They had been planning to camp on an island when they got into difficulties.

Another member of the fishing party, 60-year-old John Trimble, has been recovering from his injuries.

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