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Funeral for man who died on Ballyhornan Beach

Francis Casement
Mairead Holland

THE funeral will take place on Wednesday of a man who died on Sunday on a Co Down beach.

Francis Casement, from Scaddy in Downpatrick, was in his forties.

He is understood to have been out walking on Ballyhornan Beach when he collapsed.

Police and other emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 1pm.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said it received a 999 call following reports of a man pulled from the water.

She added: "One emergency ambulance crew was dispatched to the incident. No one was taken from the scene."

Inspector Frances McCullough said Mr Casement's death is not being treated as suspicious.

However, officers would like to hear from anyone who was at the beach on Sunday morning and who may have seen a man in or around the water.

SDLP councillor Dermot Curran extended his condolences to Mr Casement's family and praised the people who went to his aid and the emergency services for their quick response.

He added: "It was a nice day and he probably went to the beach to enjoy himself. But the situation changed. It's very sad."

Mr Casement's funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, Crossgar, with interment afterwards in the Holy Family Cemetery, Teconnaught.

He is survived by his parents Joe and Patsy, sisters Patricia and Bernadette, brother Joseph and extended family.

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