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Friends of man who died after Belfast river incident hit out as rescue video shared online

Footage of the man being pulled from the river on Monday has been circulated on social media

By Cate McCurry

Friends of a man who died after he was pulled from the River Lagan have criticised people sharing disturbing footage of the incident on social media.

A video emerged online and was shared on WhatsApp messaging service of the man being rescued from the water by police officers on Monday.

The man, named locally as Paddy Joe McDermott, was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he died on Tuesday.

It's not yet clear how the man entered the river close to the Ormeau Emankement.

The road was closed as the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and two rapid response vehicle paramedics and one emergency crew attended the scene.

A devastated friend of the deceased - who does not want to be named - appealed for the public to delete the video if they have it on their phone saying that it has caused distress for his family.

In a statement the PSNI said: "Social media is a valuable communication tool however police are also aware of the distress that can be caused, often unintentionally, by posts that are made with little thought for the repercussions or effect their words or images may have on others.

"Just as we ask people to respect each other in everyday life, we would also ask people to be respectful and considerate on social media, taking time to consider the potential impact or consequences of material before they post it."

Mr McDermott's funeral will take place tomorrow at Holy Family Church.

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