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Camlough man one of two Mournes’ fatalities

A Camlough man is one of two men who lost their lives in separate accidents in the Mourne Mountains on Sunday. 

Police said the pair died within an hour of each other as a result of falls while out walking, the first occurring on Slieve Binnian shortly before noon, while the second incident was reported around an hour later on Slieve Commedagh. A third man also fell in the Mournes at about 2.30pm but he was rescued, having sustained a suspected broken ankle.

Camlough Sinn Féin  MLA Conor Murphy said news that one of the victims is from the village has prompted “utter shock” and has devastated the close knit community.

He said: “Reports that two people have tragically lost their lives whilst out in the Mourne Mountains is very sad. The news that a local resident from our community was one of those who lost his life has devastated us. 

“However our thoughts and prayers of all are with both families  as they come to terms with the news of these tragic deaths.  The Camlough and indeed south Armagh communities will, I have no doubt, be there for this locally bereaved family.”

The identities of the two men were not made public at the time of going to press.