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General view of the Yarra River, where the body was found
General view of the Yarra River, where the body was found
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Body taken from Melbourne river in search for Irish tourist

Divers have recovered a body in the Australian city, after a man believed to be from Ireland went missing in the river.
Feb 21st 2012, 5:28 PM 6,471 14

A BODY HAS been found by divers searching for a man – believed to be an Irish tourist – who went missing in a river in Melbourne.

The body was discovered in the Yarra River today by police divers. The Age reports that the remains were found near the Princes Bridge in the Australian city.

Witnesses said two men had jumped into the river and tried to swim across at around 8.45pm local time last night. When they got into difficulty, others went into the water in an attempt to help them.

A local waiter has been hailed as a hero after managing to bring one of the men back to shore, according to News.com.au.

However, one of the men went under water, eyewitnesses said. According to reports, the missing man was thought to be on holiday from Ireland.

The body taken from the river is yet to be formally identified. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it is aware of the case, but said it could not comment further until formal identification has taken place.

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