Northern Ireland

Family of man who died in dinghy accident pay tribute

Ken Dorman and his wife
Image caption Ken Dorman died when his dinghy capsized on Strangford Lough

Tributes have been paid to the man who died when a dinghy capsized on Strangford Lough at the weekend.

Ken Dorman, who was 51 and from Dundonald in Belfast, was sailing with his friend, David Allan and David's two children when the boat overturned.

His son Keith, read a statement on behalf of the family, which described him as a wonderful husband and father.

"We are not sure how he died, but we know he was doing something he loved and was with a dear friend.

"Although our family are grieving his loss we are grateful that he has a place in heaven," he said.

"We are so thankful for the safety of the children and Dave and we would like to thank Newtownards sailing club for all their help and also thank the rescue services."

Mr Dorman and Mr Allan had learnt to sail at the Newtownards club and both men were experienced sailors.

An instructor from Newtownards sailing club noticed the upturned boat just before midday and raised the alarm. It is not yet known how long they were in the water, or why the dinghy capsized.

The lifeboat, police and the coastguard were all called out to assist in the rescue.