Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Donegal man’s body recovered from River Foyle

A body recovered from the River Foyle is believed to be that of a missing Donegal man.

While a formal identification will take place after a DNA test, it is understood that the body is that of a man in his 30s from the Carndonagh area of Inishowen.

Volunteers from Foyle Search and Rescue were alerted on Friday night after a canoeist discovered the body while on the river and reported it to the PSNI.

An appeal for information was released as police had no reports of anyone missing. But officers have provisionally identified the man who it is believed comes from the Republic of Ireland, said a PSNI spokeswoman.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Craig Smyth was part of the body recovery team dispatched on Friday night.

He said: “We had been out on patrol earlier in the evening but we were surprised nonetheless to get a call from the police about a body being found.

“We work closely with the Irish Coastguard in Greencastle and Malin and we had no information from them about anyone missing and there had been no reports from anywhere locally so we had to double check the information on Friday.

“We arrived at the scene on the banks of the river near Boom Hall and recovered the body of a male after the police team had finished its investigation and collected forensic evidence.

“We don't know who the man is or where he came from and while any body recovery is tough, it is times like this that a sad occasion becomes even sadder.”

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