Bodies Of Co Down Couple Brought Home

The bodies of a Co Down couple who drowned while they were on their honeymoon in South Africa have been brought home.

John Rodgers, 28, and his wife Lynette, 26, died last Friday after getting caught in a rip tide at Plettenberg bay.

A joint funeral is to be held at First Holywood Presbyterian Church in Holywood on Monday, 02 November.

Lynette was from Holywood and John was from Ballygowan.
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In a statement their families said: "It has come as a great shock to both the Reilly and Rodgers families to learn of the sudden and tragic events in South Africa, which has taken the lives of Lynette and John.

"Our happiness in sharing their recent wedding has been thoroughly devastated. Both were very dearly loved and brought us great joy."


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