A man who died at Warrenpoint Port on Thursday afternoon has been named locally.
He was Kevin McGeough, who was in his 50s, and from the Rostrevor area.
Warrenpoint Port chief executive Clare Guinness said: “Following an incident earlier this afternoon, we can confirm the death of a colleague at Warrenpoint Port.
“On behalf of everyone at Warrenpoint Port, we wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family.
“The PSNI and Health and Safety Executive were immediately informed of the incident and we are co-operating with them and all relevant authorities to enable a full investigation to take place.”
Independent councillor Mark Gibbons who knew Mr McGeough described him as “an absolute gentleman”.
He said: “He was a devoted family man and the village will rally around the family.
“I will remember him as a man who always had a smile on his face, always had the time to talk to you and have the a bit of craic.”
Councillor Jarlath Tinnelly, who lives in Rostrevor, said Mr McGeough’s death was “an awful tragedy”.
“Kevin was a highly regarded, hardworking man from a well-respected family,” Mr Tinnelly said.
“I want to send my sympathy and condolences to his wife Patricia, sons Kevin and John, and his daughter Gerardine, who will be traumatised by this dreadful news. It’s an awful tragedy.”
SDLP councillor and former MLA Karen McKevitt said: “The whole of Warrenpoint and Rostrevor will be shocked by what has happened.
“A man went to his work this morning and will not be coming home. It’s so, so sad.”
DUP councillor Glyn Hanna, who is a board member of Warrenpoint Port, said: “It’s a tragedy. Horrendous. Rostrevor will be a sad village tonight.”
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