Belfast Telegraph

Body of missing Belfast man Robert McIvor found in River Lagan

By Michael Sheils McNamee

The body of a man missing since Saturday has been pulled from the River Lagan in Belfast.

The PSNI confirmed last night that the body of Robert McIvor had been recovered.

He was last seen in the Joy Street area of Belfast.

The death of the 34-year-old is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

The search effort for Mr McIvor began after a report was made of someone entering the water late on Saturday night.

Crews were tasked from the Community Rescue Service, Lagan Search and Rescue, the Belfast Coastguard and the PSNI.

A search dog from the Search and Rescue Dog Association was able to confirm Mr McIvor's last movements, before a water search dog carried out a search of a stretch of the nearby River Lagan.

The body of Mr McIvor was recovered from the river below the Lagan Weir area yesterday afternoon with the use of a specialist side-scan sonar, electronic equipment used to efficiently map large areas of the river bed. The multi-agency effort took place overnight on Saturday and into Sunday, with around 10 members of the Community Rescue Service out on the river when the body was recovered.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Community Rescue Service regional commander Sean McCarry said: "Our condolences and the condolences of all the team involved go to the family at this time.

"If you do enter the water around there at this time of the year you are not going to have very long because of the cold water shock factor.

"It is going to have an immediate effect on your ability to swim. There are a lot of dangers at any time of the year, but particularly at this time of year."

Mr McCarry expressed his thanks to Lagan Search and Rescue team for their assistance, and added the PSNI's dive team played a key role in recovering Mr McIvor's body.

Volunteers from the Community Rescue Service remain posted to the River Lagan, carrying out a separate search for a man reported missing earlier this month.

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