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Man feared dead after van plummets into canal at high speed

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

A man is feared dead after his van plummeted from a height into Newry Canal on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services, including a specialist diving team, were at the scene near Victoria Lock late into the night.

It is understood a man was rushed to hospital but later died.

A number of protection bollards had been crushed.

SDLP councillor Gary Stokes said the van driver was a father-of-two in his 30s.

“It is so, so sad,” he said. “It is such a shock to the family.”

Party colleague Pete Byrne added: “My thoughts are very much with the family of this man who has two young children.”

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