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Funeral to take place of ‘true gentleman’ who passed away after river rescue

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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A LIFFORD man who died after being rescued from the River Foyle will be laid to rest this morning (Wednesday).
Joseph 'Ruby' Colhoun, from Beechwood Grove, passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital at the weekend.
Mr Colhoun was pulled from the river in Derry by teenage triathlete, Odhran McKane, after entering near the Craigavon Bridge last Thursday evening.
The lifeguard managed to get him back to the water's edge where he administered CPR however Mr Colhoun died in hospital on Saturday, August 4.
Announcing his death, a spokesperson for Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) said: "It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing in Altnagelvin Hospital earlier today (Saturday) of the person rescued from the River Foyle on Thursday evening.
“This is despite the determined efforts of the public, our emergency services and FSR volunteers on the night.
“Foyle Search and Rescue would like to offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Colhoun family on their loss."
Announcing his death, a spokesperson for Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) said: "It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing in Altnagelvin Hospital earlier today (Saturday) of the person rescued from the River Foyle on Thursday evening.
“This is despite the determined efforts of the public, our emergency services and FSR volunteers on the night.
“Foyle Search and Rescue would like to offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Colhoun family on their loss."
Mr Colhoun's son David died seven years ago. The 22-year-old had been arrested for minor offences following a night out in Strabane in 2011.
He managed to escape police but drowned after jumping into the river on the Strabane-Lifford border.
His heartbroken father maintained a constant vigil by the riverside searching for him for over ten months.
David's remains were found in February 2012 near Porthall, Lifford. At the time his father spoke of his relief that his "ten months of hell" were over. Following David's death he worked closely alongside rescue searches including the Community Rescue Service (CRS) in searches for other missing local people.
Tributes have been paid to the late Mr Colhoun who has been described as a "one of life's great characters" and "a true gentleman with a heart of gold".
His Requiem Mass will take place this morning at 11am at St Patrick's Church, Murlog, with creamation afterwards in Lakeland Crematorium.
His family have requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to FSR.
Mr Colhoun is survived by his children, Joseph, Mark, Alanna and Conor and partner, Elaine, and his wider family circle.

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