There has been great shock and sadness across the boating community in Fermanagh following the tragic death of one of its most esteemed members.

The body of Jimmy Dundas was found this morning in Lower Lough Erne near Lough Erne Yacht Club (LEYC). Mr. Dundas had moored his barge at LEYC and was fondly remembered today (Wednesday) by club Commodore Neil Ireland.

Speaking as to the circumstances of Jimmy’s death, Mr. Ireland said: “Jimmy died from a tragic accident, his body was found this morning and everybody at the club was very shocked. Jimmy was so well known; he was a real character who had time to stop and talk to everybody and was part of the history of the club.”

Speaking about Jimmy’s love of Lough Erne, Mr. Dundas said: “The Lough was his home, he loved the Lough.”

Mr. Ireland continued: “He will leave a hole behind him, people are so used to seeing him and he was part of the place. He was part of the furniture.

“It is a sad day for everybody. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

The PSNI confirmed the death of a man in the Killedeas Road area and said: “Police received a report of the sudden death of a man at the Killadeas Road area of Ballinamallard on Tuesday, April 19. There are no further details at this stage.”

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service also confirmed the incident and said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call following reports of an incident in the Killeadeas Road area.

“NIAS despatched a Rapid Response Paramedic and an Emergency crew to the incident.

“Following assessment, no patients were taken from the scene.”