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Galway man found dead in Wellington Harbour

Police say the incident appears to be “an unfortunate accident “.

Wellington Harbour
Wellington Harbour
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Updated 22.20

THERE HAS BEEN a number of tributes this evening for a Galway man found dead in Wellington Harbour.

Earlier this evening police in New Zealand named the man found yesterday as Finbarr Clabby.

In a Facebook post, his brother Dan Clabby has written that the family feel, “very comforted by the fact that he had so many loyal friends in New Zealand”.

By all accounts he had so many friends in New Zealand, there are so many messages coming through on Facebook about him… our shared sudden tragedy is made easier by the compassion shown in sympathetic messages from home and abroad.

The 39-year-old was from Galway and had been living in Wellington for a number of years, according to news website Stuff.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and the matter had been referred to the coroner.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.

Sergeant Shaun Lingard told Stuff: “This appears to have been an unfortunate accident after Mr Clabby had been out socialising with friends on Saturday night.”

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“Mr Clabby’s family have been advised of the incident and have been offered our sincerest condolences.”

An autopsy will be carried out tomorrow morning.

Clabby’s body was discovered at about 10.40am yesterday by members of the public.

- First published 10.01am

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