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04 August 2020 20:34

UTV Northern Ireland Strangford Lough

Former UTV presenter Brian Black dies after car plunges into Strangford Lough

Image copyright UTV Image caption Brian Black, a former presenter for UTV, died following an incident in Strangford harbour on Tuesday morning A former UTV presenter has died after a car entered Strangford harbour in County Down. Brian Black, who was in his 70s, was freed from the vehicle, but passed away in hospital. The incident was reported at Quay Road at about 11:40 BST on Tuesday and a major operation was launched involving the NI coastguard and Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). A Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick and specialist rescue teams also went to the scene. Mr Black was UTV's former environment correspondent and had worked as a presenter for more than 20 years.

Image copyright UTV Image caption Mr Black worked as a presenter for more than 20 years Tributes have been paid to Mr Black by his former colleagues. Alliance MLA for Strangford Kellie Armstrong said she was shocked to hear what had happened. A man has died after a car entered the water at Strangford Harbour in Co Down today. Police have named him Brian Black, aged in his 70s, a former presenter at UTV. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said he was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital following the incident, but has since sadly passed away.

Presenter Gerry Kelly has paid tribute to his former collegue. He said: "I am devastated to learn of the tragic death of my former UTV colleague Brian Black. He said: "Receiving the sad news that Brian Black who lived in the Kilclief area has sadly passed away from the incident in Strangford earlier today. "I have known Brian for many of years, and remember visiting him last September on my first venture out after being released from hospital, following his sad loss of his wife Lesley earlier in the month of September 2019. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) along with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), Coastguard and RNLI were involved in the rescue effort.

A NIFRS spokesman said the man was rescued from the car by members of the public and the Coastguard. "The Coastguard helicopter carried out an aerial search, while NIFRS specialist rescue team and the RNLI carried out search on the water to make sure there were no other casualties. Emergency Services respond to a major incident after a vehicle enter the waters of Strangford lough. Former UTV presenter Brian Black has died after his car plunged into the water at Strangford Harbour. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said that he was rescued from the vehicle by members of the public and the Coastguard.

He was then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, where he has since died. Among those paying tribute to Mr Black, who was in his 70s, was his former UTV colleague Gerry Kelly. Expand Close Emergency Services respond to a major incident after a vehicle enter the waters of Strangford lough. Whatsapp Emergency Services respond to a major incident after a vehicle enter the waters of Strangford lough. "I am devastated to learn of the tragic death of my former UTV colleague Brian Black. UTV's political editor Ken Reid said: "Devastated. My old UTV colleague Brian Black has been killed in a tragic accident. The UTV family is in a state of shock at the loss. RIP — Ken Reid #wash your hands and keep a safe distance (@KenReid_utv) August 4, 2020 Former UTV managing director Michael Wilson, who commissioned a number of Brian Black's programmes for UTV, also paid tribute to his former colleague. "So sad to learn of the passing of Brian Black. The whole UTV family - past and present - will mourn the loss of a remarkable man," he said. The whole @utv family - past and present - will mourn the loss of a remarkable man. pic.twitter.com/AENL4Ws6uN — Michael Wilson (@MWTweets) August 4, 2020 The Fire Service said a call was received at around 11.40am at Quay Road in the Co Down village. Three appliances were sent to the scene as well as the specialist rescue team. I was very lucky in the early years of my career to work with Brian Black. My condolences to Brian’s family & to his colleagues and friends at UTV — Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) August 4, 2020 At the scene of a major incident in Strangford County Down where it’s believed a vehicle and its occupants have entered the waters of Strangford lough. pic.twitter.com/UxpBpoKZ6h — C.A Kinahan (@ConorK_Photo) August 4, 2020 A spokeswoman said a launch was requested at 11.30am by Belfast Coastguard following a report of a car in the water. "Portaferry RNLI and Portaferry Coastguard recovered a casualty from the water who was subsequently transferred to hospital. The Coastguard helicopter carried out an aerial search, while NIFRS Specialist Rescue Team and the RNLI carried out search on the water to make sure there were no other casualties. Pictures from the scene showed a car being lifted out of the water while the RNLI scours the surrounding area. "It has left people reeling and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected at this time especially the family and friends of Brian Black," she said. "I would like to commend those who entered the water including the Portaferry RNLI and Portaferry Coastguard to help recover Brian from the water." Former UTV presenter Brian Black has died after his car plunged into Strangford Lough this morning. Police received a report at 11.30am this morning that a car had entered the lough at the harbour. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said Mr Black was rescued from the vehicle by members of the public and the coastguard. He was then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by ambulance, where he later died. Among those paying tribute to Mr Black were his former UTV colleagues Kate Smith, Gerry Kelly and Ken Reid: Shocked and so sad to hear of the death of my former UTV and prior to that RTE colleague Brian Black. RIP Brian pic.twitter.com/QKfRwrHiTy — Kate Smith (@deanescranmore) August 4, 2020 I am devastated to learn of the tragic death of my former UTV colleague Brian Black.May he rest in peace.