Belfast Telegraph

Snow Patrol in rescue donation

Snow Patrol have offered £10,000 towards securing special sonar equipment for search and rescue teams in Northern Ireland after a man drowned following one of the band's concerts.

Joby Murphy, 20, went drinking after watching his favourite group in Belfast in January and tragically fell into the city's River Lagan later that night.

The young man's family waited weeks before his body was eventually found using sonar equipment brought from Co Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The Murphy family launched a charity appeal to secure similar equipment for Belfast and said they were stunned to get a call from Snow Patrol's management offering the donation.

Joby's father Joe said he got a call from a woman representing the group who said they had been moved by the family's loss.

"I was just over the moon, I couldn't believe it," Mr Murphy said of the donation.

He recounted how the lyrics of the Snow Patrol song Run were read at his son's funeral last week, before family members sang it quietly at the graveside in a poignant tribute to their loved one.

Mr Murphy said: "This just caps it off. I can't thank them enough."

The family launched a special fund raising appeal for the sonar equipment, which can be used to sweep river beds during search operations.

Joby Murphy's father told the BBC the donation would go a long way to helping the family reach their target.


From Belfast Telegraph