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Man's body pulled from reservoir

By David Young

Published 08/07/2016

Ambulance service and PSNI personnel were involved in the search at the rural reservoir site, as were volunteers from the Community Rescue Service
Ambulance service and PSNI personnel were involved in the search at the rural reservoir site, as were volunteers from the Community Rescue Service

A man's body has been recovered from Woodburn Reservoir in the hills above Carrickfergus.

The cause of his death is not yet known, but it's understood that an extensive search took place yesterday before the recovery last night.

Ambulance Service and PSNI personnel were involved in the operation at the rural reservoir site, as were volunteers from the Community Rescue Service.

It is believed the man was in his early 60s.

Politicians took to social media to express their sorrow at the death. UUP councillor John Stewart said it was "tragic to hear that a man's body has been found in Woodburn Reservoir, Carrickfergus. Thoughts & prayers are with his family at this time."

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson described the discovery of the body as "sad news".

Woodburn Reservoir has frequently been in the news in recent months, as environmentalists protested against an oil drilling exploration project that has now ended.

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