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Father-of-three (59) dies at Warrenpoint Port

A man in his fifties has died at Warrenpoint Port in Co Down

Afather-of-three in his fifties has died at a Co Down harbour.

The man, named locally as Kevin McGeough (59) from Rostrevor, Co Down, died at Warrenpoint Port at around 2.30pm yesterday.

It is understood he had been crushed by a moving loading shovel, although the exact circumstances of his death have not yet been released.

Mr McGeough is married with three adult children - two sons and a daughter.

It is thought he worked at the port for several decades.

Clare Guinness, chief executive of Warrenpoint Port, confirmed the death is being investigated.

 

“Following an incident earlier this afternoon, we can confirm the death of a colleague at Warrenpoint Port," she said.

“On behalf of everyone at Warrenpoint Port, we wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family.

“The PSNI and Health and Safety Executive were immediately informed of the incident and we are co-operating with them and all relevant authorities to enable a full investigation to take place.”

A police spokesman said they attended the scene "following the sudden death of a man at Warrenpoint Harbour this afternoon".

"The Health and Safety Executive have been made aware of the incident," he said.

 

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said it sent one emergency crew to the scene following a 999 call just after 2.30pm.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, no-one was transferred to hospital," he said.

The harbour is Northern Ireland's second largest port.

About 70 people are directly employed by Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. An additional 200 people work at the port.

Independent councillor Jarlath Tinnelly extended his condolences to Mr McGeough's wife Patricia and children Kevin, John and Bernadine.

"I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the McGeough family who are a very highly-respected family in the Rostrevor area," he said.

"I've known Kevin all my life. He was a hard-working man who was never idle.

"My condolences to his wife Patricia and family. My thoughts are also with his work colleagues who must be traumatised by what happened today."

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt said she was stunned by the tragedy.

"A man has left home to go to his work and now won't be coming back," she said.

"It's an awful tragedy. I visited the harbour not so long ago and it seemed like everyone who worked there was part of one big family.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and colleagues at the harbour.

"I am sure the whole community will gather round to help them in their time of need."

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard tweeted: "Very sad to hear of fatality in Warrenpoint Harbour today - thoughts with family & friends at this time."

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