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Search for man lost off rocks comes to end

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Rescuers have given up hope of finding a man swept out to sea while fishing on the north coast.

Police yesterday confirmed a huge search operation for Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz had been wound up.

The 38-year-old was from Poland but had been living in Moy, near Dungannon, since moving to here six years ago.

His distraught mother and a brother travelled from Poland when told he was missing. He had been fishing off rocks at Ramore Head, Portrush, on Saturday, September 14, when he was swept into the sea.

Chair of Coleraine Policing and Community Safety Partnership Sam Cole said people in the area were saddened at the loss.

"This is a very unfortunate and tragic event which has caused immense distress to this young man's family," he said. "The incident acts as a stark reminder for everyone to exercise extreme caution when taking part in any activities in close proximity to the sea."

Mr Andrykiewicz's mother told of her desperation to recover his body so his remains could be returned to Poland.

Tributes have been paid to the Polish man, who was divorced and had a 15-year-old daughter, Julia, in his homeland.

Mr Andrykiewicz was described by colleagues at his work, Gilfresh Produce in Loughgall, as "very popular".

He was so highly regarded at the Dungannon fruit and vegetable firm that he had been promoted to a new position less than a week before tragedy struck.

Edna Lynas, deputy general manager at Gilfresh Produce, said colleagues and management "thought the world" of Mr Andrykiewicz.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution echoed Mr Cole's safety warning: "The RNLI want everyone to enjoy the coast and the sea, and to give the water the respect it deserves."

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