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Donegal fisherman Garret Boyce dies aged 44

By Staff Reporter

A Donegal coastal community has been left devastated after a young fisherman died while out fishing.

The small fishing community of Downings is struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss of popular local fisherman, Garret Boyce.

Mr Boyce (44) died on board the McBride Fishing Company-owned MFV 'Peadar Elaine II', sometime before 4am on Saturday morning.

The boat was fishing for crabs in the North Sea over the Christmas period.

Mr Boyce was due to return home on December 27.

His remains were flown by air ambulance to Denmark following the tragedy on board the vessel.

Mr Boyce was married to Bridget Connor, whose family owns the Downings Bay Hotel.

The couple have one daughter, Molly. The family are still awaiting the results of a post mortem to find out how exactly Mr Boyce died.

The late Mr Boyce had been a lifelong employee of McBride Fishing Company joining the company in the 90s and fishing on both the 'Peadar Elaine' and 'Peadar Elaine II' vessels.

Hugh McBride, from the McBride Fishing Company, described Mr Boyce as a valuable and much-loved member of the crew.

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