Final drowning victim to be laid to rest

Barry Davis Ryan
Barry Davis Ryan

THE final victim of the Baltimore drowning tragedy will be laid to rest tomorrow after divers recovered the body of Barry Davis Ryan on Friday.

The student’s father Barry also died when they were swept out to sea along with his girlfriend Niamh O’Connor.

His remains are due to repose at the Sacred Heart Church, Rath, tomorrow followed by Mass on Monday at 1pm.

His family yesterday paid an emotional tribute to searchers who defied stormy conditions to recover his body 11 days after he drowned.

Barry's remains were located in deep waters off East Hole, Baltimore in west Cork, shortly before noon on Friday.

His body was located just as divers were due to scale down their operation as bad weather began to close in.

Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and recovery divers formed a special guard of honour as the hearse left Baltimore.

Members of the Ryan family, including his mother Ann Davis and uncle, met with dive officials to offer their thanks.

A total of 122 divers and volunteers undertook a huge search  launched while conditions were favourable.

The father and son drowned as they tried to rescue Ms O'Connor who was swept into the sea.

The Irish Coast Guards thanked all those involved in the search.