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Families united by Lough Ree fishing tragedy

The entire Portadown and Markethill community has rallied behind the families struck by the Lough Ree fishing tragedy, the Assembly has been told.

The DUP's Sydney Anderson said: "It is a genuine example of a community united in grief."

Condolences were sent by every Assembly party yesterday after the body of 30-year-old Portadown angler Darryl Burke was recovered from the Co Westmeath lough. He was fishing on the lake with two friends when their boat sank on March 20.

David Warnock (27) from Richhill, was rescued but later died in hospital, while 60-year-old John Trimble has been recovering from his injuries.

Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson said Mr Burke's wife, Louise, who is in the late stages of pregnancy with their fourth child, never left the loughside throughout the search.

"As any mother knows, when giving birth, you need your partner's love and support to experience the joy that comes from bringing new life into the world. I cannot help thinking of her giving birth to their only daughter without her beloved Daryl by her side," she said.

Belfast Telegraph