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Irish musician and partner in double drowning tragedy

By Ed Carty

An Irish musician who died along with his partner as he tried to save him from drowning has been remembered as a talented and treasured colleague.

John Lynch, associate principal viola with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, died in the tragic accident on Mavros Molos beach on the Greek holiday island of Crete. The 45-year-old, originally from Melbourne, Australia, was taken from the water dead, along with his partner Kevin Devine (46).

Authorities in Greece reportedly said that one of the men, believed to be Mr Devine got into difficulty while swimming in Kissamos Bay, and Mr Lynch went to his aid only for both of them to drown.

The accident happened at about 5.30pm on Friday.

Noel Curran, director general of the Irish state broadcaster RTE, said the musician would be sorely missed.

"John Lynch was a hugely popular member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and a most talented musician," Mr Curran said. "He will be hugely missed by all in RTE Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs, particularly by those he played with in the National Symphony Orchestra.

"On behalf of all in RTE, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to John's family and friends at this very difficult time."

Mr Devine was originally from Drogheda but lived in Dublin where he worked as a civil servant.

His family said he loved travel, music and discovering new bands and would be missed by family, friends and colleagues in the Department of Health.

Mr Lynch, who was born in Melbourne but had dual Irish-Australian citizenship, worked as a freelance musician.

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