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Declan Ryan's death in Fermanagh jetski incident 'devastating', says Arlene Foster

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First Minister Arlene Foster has expressed her sadness following the death of a man in an incident involving a jetski in Co Fermanagh during the Easter weekend.

Emergency services recovered a man's body from the River Erne in Fermanagh close to the village of Bellanaleck.

The victim was named last night as Leinster man Declan Ryan.

It's understood he died as a result of an incident involving a jet ski.

DUP leader Mrs Foster - who is a Fermanagh MLA - tweeted: "Very tragic news coming from Fermanagh today.

"My condolences to the family at this devastating time."

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police can confirm that the body of a man was recovered from the River Erne, close to the Cloonatrig Road at Bellanaleck, in Co Fermanagh on Saturday, April 3.

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"Officers together with other emergency services attended the scene following a report at around 3.40pm of an incident involving a jet ski.

"A post mortem examination will take place in due course. Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this time."

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said two emergency crews and an ambulance officer had been dispatched to the Erne river incident.

The Charity Air Ambulance with a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crew on board was also scrambled to the riverside location.

However, no-one was taken from the scene, the spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph last night.

Mr Ryan leaves behind a grieving family circle, including his wife Siobhan, and his daughter Mia.

A death notice for Mr Ryan said he would be "sadly missed by his father Stephen Ryan, brother Stephen, sisters Geraldine and Mary; father-in-law Ted Connolly and brothers-in-law Ivan, Stephen and Brian, and all his nieces and nephews, extended family and friends".

No funeral details for Mr Ryan have yet been announced.


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