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Drowned Derry woman caught out by tide after reading on Donegal island

By Stephen Maguire

A young Londonderry woman drowned after walking to an island to read some books and getting caught by the incoming tide.

Christine Plummer became cut off from the mainland when the water covered a shale causeway.

Ms Plummer (40), who was originally from the city, but who had lived in Buncrana, Co Donegal for many years, was found dead on the shoreline close to Rockstown Harbour on the Inishowen Peninsula at around 5.30pm on Monday evening.

It is thought the part-time student decided to wade back through the water but got into difficulty when she entered a deep hole and was unable to reach dry land 300 metres away.

Her body was found in shallow water and brought to shore by a passer-by.

Ms Plummer's car was found nearby and it was initially thought a child had been with her, as a woman of a similar description had been spotted with a youngster earlier.

But after an extensive land and sea search, the PSNI in Derry confirmed that no members of Ms Plummer's family were missing.

The PSNI also assisted in the search.

Spokesman for Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Joe Joyce, said Christina could have survived if she had taken another route off the island.

"She was unfortunate in that we think she made her way back through some deep water and this is why she probably got into difficulty," he said.

"If she had taken the long way around, then the water is not as deep and she could have waded through it. There are very heavy spring tides at the moment and she would have found herself cut off very quickly."

Ms Plummer was very popular and well-liked in the area.

She loved photography and was also involved in the local historical society.

During a search of the area, books on archaeology and nature, believed to belong to the dead woman, were discovered.

Buncrana town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who knew Ms Plummer, said he was very saddened to hear of her death.

"Chris was a lovely girl – a very sweet person," he said.

"She loved nature and photography and was forever out walking and taking pictures."

"It's tragic to think that there was nobody who could help her."

There is growing concern over the amount of water-related deaths in the past month with people out enjoying the warm weather.

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