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Foyle rescuers out over 100 times already in 2017

By Donna Deeney

Foyle Search and Rescue is reporting one of its busiest years since its formation nearly 25 years ago.

In the first five months of 2017, river rescue crews in Londonderry have been tasked more than 100 times. Volunteers managed to save the lives of five people who had gone into the water.

Sadly, however, the charity was also involved in three body recoveries, the latest of which was Sam Comber (39) as a result of a tragic accident.

It is understood Mr Comber had been swimming in the Foyle as the tide was turning and may have been caught in a rip tide.

The Foyle also claimed the lives of Jack Glenn (23), whose body was found after 52 days, and Dean Millar (18), whose body was recovered in April.

Foyle Search and Rescue's education and media officer, Pat Carlin, said: "This has been a tough year. The death of anyone in the river has a real impact on us and we offer our continued sympathy and condolences to the families of Jack, Dean and Sam."

Rescuers took 32 people from the river's edge and assisted more than 60 who were in a state of extreme distress.

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