Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Missing Co Armagh fisherman: Divers recover body in search for angler Daryl Burke

Daryl Burke, who is still missing
Daryl Burke, who is still missing
Members of the Garda sub aqua unit prepare to join the search of Lough Ree
Members of the Garda sub aqua unit prepare to join the search of Lough Ree

Divers searching for a missing Co Armagh man have recovered a body in the water at Lough Ree in Co Westmeath.

The remains were recovered around 600m from where the fishermen's boat was located earlier this week.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

Dozens of divers have been searching the lake in the Irish Republic for missing Portadown man Daryl Burke who  has not been seen since March 20 after a boating accident.

The 30-year-old father-of-three was part of a six-man expedition from the Portadown Pikers angling club who left Hodson Bay on two 15ft Dell Quay Dory flat-bottomed vessels for a pike-fishing and camping trip. One boat capsized sparking a rescue operation.

A friend, David Warnock (27), from Richhill, Co Armagh, died after being rescued from the lake.

A third man John Trimble (60) is recovering from his injuries.

Mr Burke, who had been battling testicular cancer for 10 years, had been given the all clear last November and relatives say they have been left devastated.

Mr Warnock was originally from Armagh but lived in Markethill with his fiancee Sandra Kerr and four-year-old son.

The former captain of Armagh Hockey Club was unconscious when taken from the water, but died in hospital.

The store manager at SDG Construction Technology in Armagh was chair of Portadown Pikers.

Further reading

Westmeath boat accident: Tense vigil on shore as volunteers flock to join the difficult search

Freak squall blamed for Westmeath boat capsize that left one angler dead and another missing

 

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