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Tributes paid to rock climber who lost his life at Fair Head

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Tributes have been paid to David Andrews who lost his life on Thursday afternoon at Fair Head.

The 62-year old retired telecoms worker died while climbing on Fair Head cliff near Ballycastle.

Ronan Davison-Kernan, President of the Belfast Climbing Club, said Mr Andrews was very experienced climber.

“He’s been climbing for more than 10 years. He was probably one of the most experienced climbers in the climbing club.

“He was an absolutely lovely guy – quiet and stoical.

“He was very kind and willing to give of his expertise and time.

“The climbing community across the whole island would be quite close, and he was well-known.

“I know he was a safe climber and a sensible climber. I very much doubt there was any recklessness.

“It’s like tearing the heart out of the whole local climbing community.

“He put people less than half his age to shame with his skill. He never had a bad word to say about anyone.

“He’s going to be very, very keenly missed.”

The coastguard received a call alerting them to the incident shortly before 13:10 BST.

A coastguard rescue helicopter from Prestwick was sent to the scene along with cliff rescue teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine.

The police and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service also attended.

A notice on funeral times read “18th June 2020, suddenly. Dearly loved husband of Mabel and loving father of Gareth and wife Leona and Fiona and partner Paul, much loved grandfather of Dylan and Sam.

Sadly due to current government guidelines the funeral is private.

Donations in memory if desired to either R.N.L.I. or Air Ambulance c/o Melville Morgan Funeral Directors 195 Clandeboye Road Bangor BT19 1AA.

He will always be remembered by all who knew and loved him”

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