Northern Ireland

Brian Black: Ex-UTV presenter dies after harbour incident

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Image caption Brian Black, a former presenter for UTV, died following an incident in Strangford harbour on Tuesday morning

A former UTV presenter has died after a car entered Strangford harbour in County Down.

Brian Black, who was in his 70s, was freed from the vehicle, but passed away in hospital.

The former journalist lived outside the village.

The incident was reported at Quay Road at about 11:40 BST on Tuesday and a major operation was launched involving the NI coastguard and Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

A Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick and specialist rescue teams also went to the scene.

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The NIFRS confirmed it had dispatched three appliances from Downpatrick and Ballynahinch to the scene.

Mr Black was UTV's former environment correspondent and had worked as a presenter for more than 20 years.

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Image caption Mr Black worked as a presenter for more than 20 years

Tributes have been paid to Mr Black by his former colleagues.

They have remembered him as a gentleman and a great communicator.

Alliance MLA for Strangford Kellie Armstrong said she was shocked to hear what had happened.