Portadown man dies in Lough Ree tragedy

Lough Ree
Lough Ree

A Portadown man has died after he and two other members of a town angling club got into difficulties on a trip to Lough Ree in the Republic of Ireland.

A second Portadown man is reported to be critical in hospital after being rescued when the men’s boat sank on a fishing trip in County Westmeath. A third man, also believed to be from Portadown, is still missing.

The men had been planning to camp on an island when they got into difficulties on Thursday afternoon.

Emergency services were called out at 3.20pm. An RNLI lifeboat recovered the first man, semi-conscious in the water, at about 4pm. The second man was found at about 5.15pm.

A search operation for the missing man, led by the Irish coastguard, was stood down on Thursday night and the search resumed this morning (Friday).

Damien Delaney, RNLI operations manager at Lough Ree, said the search resumed between 7.30 and 8.30am this morning.

“We’ll go back to the search area again, where we left off yesterday evening, start again at View Point, we’ll be assisted by people from Athlone Sub Aqua and Lanesborough Sub Aqua and some local anglers,” he said.

“There was a lot of debris in the water, fishing stuff and containers floating.

“There was quite a long trail of debris leading right across the lake for a distance of about two miles, so we’ll be following that trail area today.

“We’ll be following that trail area today.”

Messages of support have been posted on the Portadown Pikers Club Facebook page.