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Second Irishman to die in Australia site accident named

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Gerry Bradley
Gerry Bradley

The second man to die in yesterday's building site accident in Perth, Australia, which left two Northern Irishmen dead has been named as Gerry Bradley, 27, from Portstewart.

Both he and Joe McDermott, 24, died when a slab of concrete fell on top of them as they worked on a building in the east of the city in Western Australia.

Co-workers valiantly used wooden beams to try and remove the concrete slab from the two men as they lay trapped underneath.

But by the time the police arrived, both had died.

                                                                      Joe McDermott in Perth 

In a tribute, the family of Joe McDermott a statement saying: "We are devastated by Joe's death. We will always remember him as the bright and bubbly young man that he was.

"We are so proud of our son, who was so well-known and popular. He was so selfless and touched so many lives.

"Our thoughts are also with the other family affected by this tragedy.

"We want to thank everyone who has been supporting us through this difficult time, and we have been touched by their kind words."

Joe had arrived in Australia a few weeks earlier to work and travel.

Gerry was preparing to fly home for Christmas.

His brother, Gregory, said: "I don't know anyone who had a bad word to say about him. We can't believe what has happened. He enjoyed life".