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Safety plea as river death dad laid to rest

A plea for people to be extra vigilant around water during the current heatwave has been issued at the funeral of an experienced fisherman who drowned at the weekend.

Nearly 400 mourners packed into a Co Tyrone church yesterday for the funeral of James Kincaid – including his grandmother, who attended the packed service on crutches.

The father-of-two drowned in the Strule River on Saturday as he enjoyed a hot afternoon swimming at the edge of his home town of Newtownstewart.

His family, who described the 34-year-old as a strong swimmer, believe he may have been dragged into whirlpools thought to be concealed beneath the surface of the river.

Speaking on behalf of the grieving Kincaid family in Newtownstewart Presbyterian Church, Rev Jonathan Cowan urged the congregation not to put themselves into danger around water.

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