A fisherman who drowned after falling into water near Portstewart Harbour on the north coast was a senior civil servant.

Stanley Duncan, 57, was chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland.

Two fellow fishermen tried to save him by holding him against the rocks. He was recovered from the bitterly cold Atlantic by the Portrush inshore lifeboat and taken to land but he died at Causeway Hospital.

SDLP MLA John Dallat said of Mr Duncan: “I always found him to be a gentleman, thoroughly caring, professional and committed to the work he was doing. His death is a reminder of the unpredictability of the sea and the potential dangers to those who enjoy it for recreational use.”…

Independent.ie 02/04/2013. Read the article ‘Drowned fisherman was DVA chief’