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Former UTV presenter Brian Black dies after car plunges into Strangford Lough

A car is examined after it was recovered from Strangford Lough earlier today. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire 
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Former UTV presenter Brian Black has died after his car plunged into Strangford Lough this morning.

Police received a report at 11.30am this morning that a car had entered the lough at the harbour.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said Mr Black was rescued from the vehicle by members of the public and the coastguard.

He was then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by ambulance, where he later died.

UTV paid tribute to the journalist.

"The UTV family is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of former reporter and presenter Brian Black," the broadcaster said in a statement.

"Brian worked at UTV for over 20 years, starting in 1982, reporting news and presenting the current affairs programme, Counterpoint.

"He also presented several environmental programmes including Hidden Heritage and Cuilcagh - Bog on the Brink."

The statement added: "Brian won many awards in his role as Environment Correspondent for UTV, and has been described by former colleagues as a talented and driven journalist.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Among those paying tribute to Mr Black were his former UTV colleagues Kate Smith, Gerry Kelly and Ken Reid:

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