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Lifeboat honour for drowned youth

Jordan drowned after falling from a pier

The parents of a teenager who drowned after being swept out to sea off the County Down coast are to present a new lifeboat for the area in his memory.

Jordan Murdock, 14, fell into the sea at Killough pier on 11 January and was pulled under water by the current.

Hundreds of volunteers combed the shoreline for any trace of the teenager in the subsequent weeks.

A woman walking her dog found his body at the beginning of February, near an old sewage pipe, a short distance from where he had disappeared.

On Saturday, Jordan's family will present a new lifeboat to the Boyne Search and Resue Team, many of whom were present every day of the three-week search for his body.

The lifeboat, which will bear Jordan's name, has been paid for by donations.

A new lifebelt, donated by teenagers in the village, will also be handed over.

Jordan had moved to Killough with his family from south Belfast last year.

Coastguards said the search for the teenager, which involved all the emergency services, community volunteers and divers, was the biggest ever of its kind in Northern Ireland.

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