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Missing boy's body found

Jordan was swept into the sea earlier this month

Searchers in County Down have found the body of the missing teenager, Jordan Murdock, who was swept out to sea earlier this month. The 14-year-old fell into the water off Killough Pier on 11 January.

The schoolboy was pulled under the water by strong currents as his family watched helplessly from the shore.

A woman walking her dog made the discovery shortly before 1100 GMT on Sunday near an old sewage pipe, a short distance from where the teenager had disappeared.

Jordan's aunt, Mary Murdock, said the family had endured a "heartbreaking three weeks".

"I just can't describe how they have been feeling these past three weeks. They have been walking up and down the beach, out with binoculars, searching constantly," she said.

"It is so heartbreaking but now we have got him back."

Hundreds of volunteers combed the shoreline for any trace of the teenager in the days and weeks following the tragedy.

Mary Murdock said it was a relief her nephew's remains had been found

Teams of divers and walkers were involved in the efforts and spotter planes scoured the area.

Search co-ordinator Mick Mooney said the body was discovered only a short distance from where the teenager went missing.

"Some people had the notion that he may have been swept out on the day," he said.

"But certainly on the advice that we were taking from local people and the Boyne River Rescue team - who the community have great regard for - he never left this village.

"We were convinced ourselves that he was in there and we were determined to carry on until we got the body.

"Thankfully we did, it was retrieved approximately 200 yards from where Jordan had been swept into the water."

Later on Sunday, the search team issued a statement thanking all of those who took part in the operation and said the town would never forget those who helped the family and the community in their hour of need.

Jordan, who moved to Killough with his family from south Belfast last year, is expected to be buried in the village.

Twelve-year-old David Hackett, who jumped into the water to try to rescue Jordan, was pulled to safety by his family.

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