Northern Ireland

Body of man, 84, recovered from Groomsport harbour

Groomsport harbour
Image caption The pensioner's body was recovered from Groomsport harbour

An elderly man has drowned off the coast of County Down.

The body of Duncan McInnes, who was 84, was recovered from the sea off Groomsport early on Sunday.

It is understood he had been in a dinghy which capsized. The coastguard and Bangor lifeboat were involved in the operation.

The body of his dog was also recovered. Mr McInnes was a founder member of the Cockle Island boat club.

Club honorary secretary Sam Andrews said: "He was a very well-liked wee man. He sailed his yacht everywhere, mostly on his own."

He added: "Last year we made him admiral of the club as a token of our esteem for his contribution to it."

A local councillor said Mr McInnes was well known in the village and had a strong interest in the sea and boats.

"It was a passion he shared with his many friends who have boats moored at Groomsport and his daily presence in the village, particularly around the harbour, will be sadly missed," Councillor Alan Chambers said.