Sadness after body found at Ballyhornan

Sadness after body found at Ballyhornan

9 May 2018

THE death of a man at Ballyhornan beach last weekend is not being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The emergency services were alerted around 1pm last Sunday after the body of the man from the Crossgar area was discovered.

Former South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie, who knew the young man who lost his life, has extended her sympathy to his family.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic, accidental drowning of the young man at Ballyhornan beach,” she said.

“I knew the man, who was a quiet, unassuming and hardworking individual and was highly respected. He was deeply respectful of others and the natural environment.”

Miss Ritchie added: “I know his parents, brother, sisters and wider family circle will receive much support and that the thoughts and prayers from the wider community will be with them at this sad and poignant time.

“The man who died and his family are also in my thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Confirming the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police have issued an appeal for anyone who may have been visiting Ballyhornan beach last Sunday and saw him in the water to get in touch.

Anyone who believes they can help is asked to contact police on the non-emergency 101 number quoting reference number 773 06/05/18.