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Family of Sam Comber whose body has been found in Foyle praises kindness of 999 teams

Family and friends of Sam Comber, whose body was recovered from the River Foyle have paid tribute to the dignity and compassion of those who found him.

Mr Comber (39), originally from Leicestershire, was last seen in Londonderry on Sunday, May 14, in a supermarket in the Quayside. His bicycle was later found in a layby in the Newbuildings area. His body was recovered early on Saturday morning May 20.

He had been living near the village of Newbuldings and his bicycle was found in a lay-by there earlier this month.

A social media post said: "The kindness of strangers was never as apparent as this week.

"Sam always spoke of how he loved the people of Derry.

"He knew there was a warmth and kindness in their hearts, just as he had.

"We saw the extent of that this week. Thank you for bringing Sam home."

Mr Comber had been last seen in Londonderry on Sunday May 14 at a supermarket.

His family confirmed that Foyle Search and Rescue found him.

"This is a difficult time, but we would like to extend our gratitude for those that helped us this week."

They praised the search and rescue team's "dignity and compassion" and said its members provided a vital service.

They also mentioned locals with knowledge of the area who were with them during their hunt all day and well into the night.

A stranger brought his own boat to search the river. Rescue workers travelled from Drogheda in the Irish Republic.

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