Flood victim Ivan Vaughan buried in Co Tyrone

Claire Simpson
12 December, 2015 01:01

FLOOD victim Ivan Vaughan has been buried in Co Tyrone.

The former showband singer, from Caledon in Co Tyrone, was found dead on Monday about 10 metres from his car near the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

The 70-year-old musician, whose stage name was Simon Scott, was a member of the Plattermen showband in the 1960s and 1970s and more recently worked as a solo artist.

His funeral took place at St Anne's Church, Dungannon, on Friday afternoon followed by burial in Cottagequinn Cemetery in the town.

A grandfather, Mr Vaughan was driving home from a gig in Glaslough on Sunday night when his car became caught in floodwater.

His wife Letitia Vaughan said gardaí believed he had become disorientated due to the force of the water.

"He had tried hard to get out," she told the BBC.

Mr Vaughan is survived by his wife, daughter Victoria and step-daughters Helen and Karen.

Meanwhile, further flooding may hit Co Fermanagh as water levels on Upper Lough Erne continue to rise, the Rivers Agency warned.

Several roads in the county have remained closed due to floodwater.

Agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill, who visited Fermanagh on Friday, warned there is no engineering solution to the flooding.

"It's going to be a long-running problem," he said.

"It's going to be here forever and a day, so what we need to do is make sure we tackle the issues when we can with things like raising roads and pumping stations."

12 December, 2015 01:01 News

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