Jet ski outing near Kesh ends in tragedy

The body of a 31-year-old Co. Down man was recovered yesterday (Tuesday), following a search for a man missing on Lower Lough Erne since Sunday.

The operation, involving police, RNLI, Community Rescue Service volunteers and the Irish Coastguard, began on Sunday evening after an incident involving a jet ski.

The deceased has been named as Kenny Andrews, from Bangor, the managing director of Newtownards-based company, Damp Proofing NI. His fiancée and family have expressed their thanks to the emergency services who were involved in the search.

Police, the RNLI and a helicopter from the Irish Coastguard were involved in the search when the alarm was raised around 5.30pm on Sunday evening. The RNLI said they were called to the Muckross area – a short distance from Kesh village – following reports of an incident.

One man was rescued from the water by a boat already in the area and the search began for a second man.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) had two boats involved in the search.

In a statement, they said: "Enniskillen and Carrybridge RNLI's inshore lifeboats and Rescue Water Craft were requested to launch following reports of a person in the water, off a jet ski in the Muckross area. Enniskillen RNLI was already on Lower Lough Erne having responded to a separate call-out. "Once on scene, the RNLI observed that one person who had swam towards the shore had been rescued by a boat that was in the area."

The efforts on Sunday did not yield any result so the police and other emergency services resumed searches on Monday morning, but again searches failed to find the missing man.

Police confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) a body had been discovered and was identified as that of Mr Andrews.

"A post mortem examination will take place in due course. Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this time," a police spokesman said.

Local Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said there would be widespread grief following this body being recovered from Lough Erne.

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