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Family of man found dead in river hold cycle ride in aid of the volunteers who found him

By Michael McHugh

The family of a man found dead in a Northern Ireland river are to hold a charity cycle ride to raise money for emergency workers who found him.

The body of Sam Comber (39), originally from Leicestershire, was pulled from the Foyle in Londonderry in May.

He had been swimming before he lost his life.

Relatives are planning to cycle from his home town of Hinckley to his adopted home across the Irish Sea in August.

"The ride is a memorial to our beloved son," they said in a statement. "We are raising funds for the Foyle Search and Rescue Team, a group of dedicated volunteers, who cared for us during the search for Sam, and who thankfully found and returned him to us."

Mr Comber had been living near the village of Newbuldings, close to Londonderry.

His disappearance sparked a major search, which ended with the discovery of his body.

His family previously praised the search and rescue team's "dignity and compassion" and said its members provided a vital service. They also thanked local people with knowledge of the area who stayed with them during their search all day and well into the night.

One man even brought his own boat to search the river.

Rescue workers travelled from Drogheda in the Irish Republic.

More details on the fundraising can be found at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rideforsam2017

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