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Tragedy Tributes paid to Irish dad Adrian King (47) who died in surfing accident in New Zealand

Adrian, who had lived in Nenagh, Co Tipperary and Rosedale, in Dunboyne, Co Meath lost his life while surfing at Ohope West End Beach on April 9.

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Dozens of heartfelt tributes have been paid to a young Irish dad who died after a tragic surfing accident in New Zealand. 

The family of Adrian King have been left devastated after the 47-year-old died in Ohope on the North Island.

Adrian, who had lived in Nenagh, Co Tipperary and Rosedale, in Dunboyne, Co Meath lost his life while surfing at Ohope West End Beach on April 9.

The father-of-three's death notice on RIP.ie says he is missed by “heartbroken and loving soulmate, wife Sinead (Ni Shlatarra, Ballyannymore Nenagh), son Alexander, daughters Alannah and Selena, his mother Janine, father-in-law Jimmy, brothers-in-law, Eoin, Seamus & Brian and a large circle of family and friends.”

The notice adds that a memorial service took place in Ohope on Monday.

In a post on their official page, the Salt Spray Surf School described Adrian as a “local Whakatane surfer, father and friend of many of us”.

“Adrian rode his last wave out at West End, Ohope. A group of our instructors pulled Adrian from the water and we cannot thank them enough for that immense effort. Sadly he was unable to be saved.

"West End Ohope has already been blessed by local Kaumatua and so there is no Tapu over West End after this event. No one saw this coming, especially his family and so this give-a-little page has been set up to give them as much support as possible."

In the condolences section of the RIP.ie notice people have left poignant messages offering “deepest sympathies to Sinead, Alexander, Alannah, Selena, Janine, Jimmy and to the extended king and Slattery families. Our thoughts are with you at this tragic time.”

Another adds: “We are so very sorry to hear this devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Adrian rest in peace.”

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