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Tyrone showband era star Ivan swept to his death in Storm Desmond floodwaters

By Lisa Smyth

Storm Desmond has claimed the life of a Co Tyrone man after he was apparently swept away in floodwater.

The victim was 70-year-old Ivan Vaughan from Caledon, who was reported missing at 8am yesterday.

His body was found 10 metres from his car on a cross-border road at Corraghdown, Glaslough, Co Monaghan, at 11.25am yesterday.

Garda, the Fire Service and Irish Civil Defence all took part in a search operation after he was reported missing.

Mr Vaughan, who performed with the showband The Plattermen under the name Simon Scott, was believed to have been returning from a gig in Glaslough over when tragedy struck.

A Garda spokesman said Mr Vaughan was reported missing early on Monday.

It is believed his car got stuck in flooding and when he got out he was swept away.

He said Mr Vaughan's death did not appear to be suspicious.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today.

Mr Vaughan was well-known in the music scene in the 1960s and 1970s and was recently touring as a one-man band.

His death is the first fatality in Ireland after Storm Desmond swept across the British Isles, leaving destruction in its wake.

The Plattermen was originally set up by four men from Omagh in 1960. Mr Vaughan joined the band in 1968, replacing the lead singer Brian Coll.

The Plattermen then began experimenting with a more contemporary sound and Mr Vaughan - or Strong as he was known to fans - became a driving force in the group by singing soul tracks.

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