Belfast Telegraph

Body in River Lagan found using gear donated by Joby Murphy fund

By Chris Kilpatrick

Specialist sonar equipment bought using donations from Snow Patrol and the family of a young man who drowned in the River Lagan has been used to locate the body of another man in the same river.

The Community Rescue Team and PSNI recovered the body near Governor's Bridge in the Stranmillis area of south Belfast while searching for missing 27-year-old Darren Anderson.

The team of volunteers located the remains using sonar equipment handed over to the charity by the family of Joby Murphy.

Joby was just 20 when he went missing after a Snow Patrol gig in Belfast on January 25, 2012.

After extensive searches, Joby's body was found and returned to his family four weeks after he had disappeared.

Rescue workers used specialist sonar equipment borrowed from rescue services in Mallow in Co Cork to locate him.

Following the tragedy, the Murphys set up an appeal in Joby's memory.

Indie rockers Snow Patrol gave £10,000 towards the £41,000 equipment.

Joby's family was last night said to be saddened at the recent death but relieved the body had been recovered using the sonar devices.

Tuesday night's recovery was the third using the sonar gear.

A formal identification and post-mortem were due to take place yesterday. "We located the body using the sonar equipment," Sean McCarry, regional commander of the Community Rescue Service, said.

"The sonar equipment was bought using the fund set up by the Murphy family and we were able to use it to very good effect.

"I spoke to the Murphy family and they were sad to hear what had happened but pleased another family had been helped using it. It has proved its worth.

"The family not having to wait is very important." Darren Anderson was last seen on Wednesday, November 19 and police had appealed for information about his whereabouts.

Darren had been seen withdrawing money from an ATM machine on Botanic Avenue on November 19.

Police said he had made a phone call from a telephone box at the junction of Ormeau Road and Blackwood Street.

Police had been due to stage a public appeal for information regarding Darren's whereabouts yesterday morning. But that was cancelled when the body was discovered.

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