Pensioner who died in the Carrickfergus boat tragedy named Jim Allen (94)

A pensioner who died after a boat sank near Carrickfergus on Saturday has been identified by police as 94-year-old Jim Allen.

Police said they are treating the death of the Belfast man as a drowning incident.

A major rescue mission was launched in the afternoon after a frantic 911 call just after 3.30pm on Saturday following a boat incident.

Another man in his 70s was on board the ship that capsized near Greenisland and was being treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

In a statement, a PSNI spokesman said: “Mr Allen and another man in his 70’s were on board the boat which was launched from the Sydenham Road Yacht Club at around 1.30pm to 2pm. However, at around 3 p.m., an emergency call reported that the boat was beginning to take on water.”

Detective Inspective Stephanie Finlay added: “Ultimately both men went into the water when the boat capsized about a mile and a half from Carrickfergus near Greenisland. Unfortunately, the man died in his 1990s, despite the best efforts of rescue workers. We believe at this time there was a tragic drowning incident. The man, in his 70s, was treated at the scene by ambulance crews.

“Our investigation into the cause of the sinking of this boat is at an early stage and the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is assisting us. We would also appreciate the support of the public. If you have noticed the boat which is described as white and measures 18ft departs to visit the East Belfast Yacht Club or have seen the boat in the lake please contact us.

“Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency report form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.”

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service deployed an emergency crew to the scene in addition to the HEMS crew on board the charity Air Ambulance.

“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was discharged from the scene,” a spokesman said.

“No one was taken to the hospital by ambulance.”

The seafront was closed after the rescue operation, which also involved the RNLI.

The air ambulance landed in front of nearby apartments.

Two lifeboats have docked in the marina, where rescue services remain in the cordoned off area.

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