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tragedy Man (50s) dies while 'diving for golf balls' in Co Antrim golf course lake

It's understood two men had been diving for golf balls, but emergency services were called when only one resurfaced

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A PSNI Car at the entrance to the golf club. Pic Pacemaker

A PSNI Car at the entrance to the golf club. Pic Pacemaker

A PSNI Car at the entrance to the golf club. Pic Pacemaker

A body has been recovered from a lake at a golf course in County Antrim.

The body was found at around 2pm on Monday at the course in the Templepatrick area.

Two men had been diving for golf balls in the lake, but the emergency services were called after only one of the men resurfaced from his dive.

The man is understood to be aged in his 50s.

An ambulance, police and fire crews attended the scene, with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service saying no one was taken from the scene after they dispatched a hazardous area response team.

Speaking to the BBC, UUP Alderman Paul Michael described the incident as a “tragedy”.

He added: "My thoughts and prayers are with the man's family. It is a tragic situation. Not one we have ever heard before.

"The community is in total shock. This is such a peaceful and tranquil part of the world and people just cannot believe it."

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