Danny Kennedy, Ulster Unionist MLA for Newry & Armagh, has extended his sympathy to the Family of the man who tragically drowned in Bessbrook Pond today.
Mr Kennedy said:
“This is a real tragedy. It is devastating news for the Family involved and the whole village of Bessbrook. First and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with the Family of the deceased. The entire Bessbrook community will join with me in showing our sympathy and support for the whole Family circle.
“I spent the evening with the Family at Daisy Hill Hospital and they are totally devastated as they try to come to terms with the enormous shock of these tragic events. He was highly respected and liked within the Bessbrook community. I counted him as a personal friend and I am deeply upset by his untimely and tragic death.
“On behalf of the Family I would like to like to thank the Emergency Services, the Ambulance Service and Police and all those at the scene who rendered assistance. Attempts were made to save his life at Bessbrook Pond, but unfortunately it was all in vain.
“This is a very tragic outcome to controversies surrounding flags in this village. This is too high a price for any family and community to pay.”