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Fall death man's relatives fly to Nicaragua

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Relatives of a student teacher killed in a fall while hiking up a volcano have arrived in Central America to help repatriate his body.

Michael McLean (26), from the Fruithill area of west Belfast, died in the arms of his brother after falling and hitting his head during a guided expedition on Sunday.

The well-known GAA man had only recently qualified with a PGCE and was hoping to pursue a career in teaching following a summer adventure across America.

He and his younger brother Conor (24) had begun their travels in Boston and had only been in Nicaragua for several days when the accident happened.

Yesterday Michael's mother Marie described him as a "much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend to many".

"He was a very popular figure and will be sadly missed by a huge number of people," she said. "The circumstances of his death overseas are difficult for the family.

"We hope to have his body home as quickly as possible and in the meantime we would respectfully ask for privacy."

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