Belfast Telegraph

Boatman's body recovered from water

The body of an elderly boatman has been recovered from the water at a harbour in Co Down.

Duncan McInnes, 84, was discovered in Groomsport, on Sunday morning after his dinghy overturned.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Cllr Alan Chambers said the victim was well known in the village and had spent his life dedicated to the sea.

A dog was with him at the time.

Mr Chamber said: "He was a polite, quiet and unassuming person who lived for his interest in the sea and boats.

"It was a passion he shared with his many friends who have boats moored at Groomsport and his daily presence in the village, particularly around the harbour, will be sadly missed."

He said he was using the dinghy to access his boat in the harbour.

"There is a great sense of numbness and shock amongst the community in the village. This shock is shared by those who use the boating facilities in Groomsport," he added.

Mr McInnes was a founder member of the Cockle Island boat club since 1974, and club honorary secretary Sam Andrews said: "He was a very well-liked wee man. He sailed his yacht everywhere, mostly on his own."


From Belfast Telegraph