12 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The body of a 70-year-old Co Tyrone man was found during a search operation in Glaslough on Monday last.

It is understood that 70-year-old Ivan Vaughan, a well-known music performer from the Caledon area, was returning home from a weekend engagement in Glaslough when his car encountered heavy flooding on a minor road and became stranded.

Mr Vaughan’s body was recovered approximately ten metres from his vehicle at around 11.25 am on Monday in the Corraghdown area.

Gardaí said that it appeared Mr Vaughan’s vehicle was caught in flood waters and that he was swept away when he emerged from the car.

A search operation was put in place after he was reported missing by his wife at 11.30 am. Three appliances from Monaghan Fire Service under the direction of Station Officer Tony Greenan from the Monaghan Station were in attendance. Monaghan Civil Defence were called on to assist, and ten volunteers mobilised to the scene with an inflatable boat to search the area.

Commenting on the incident and the assistance rendered by the Civil Defence service, Monaghan Co Council’s Acting Chief Fire Officer Paul L’Estrange stated: “Firstly, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Mr Vaughan.   Secondly, it should be noted that the Civil Defence are now a fully integrated part of the team that provides public safety for the people of Monaghan.

“They provide an additional resource that may be used more in the future. I wish to compliment Civil Defence Officer Brendan Buckley and his team on a very professional job done at this incident.”

Tributes from colleagues in the music industry appeared on social media following news of Mr Vaughan’s death. He had performed with the band The Plattermen, under the stage name Simon Scott, during the 1960s and 1970s.

Serious flooding incidents were reported throughout Co Monaghan over the weekend as Storm Desmond brought torrential rainfall to many areas.

The traffic flow in the centre of Monaghan Town was severely disrupted and extreme flooding was encountered in the Coolshannagh area at the Lacpatrick (former Town of Monaghan Co-op) plant.

Clones was also badly affected and minor roads throughout the county were rendered impassable.

The flooding problems were the subject of an extensive debate at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council in Carrickmacross.

Plans being put in place to compile an extensive flood risk assessment study of the county were outlined to the elected members by Acting Senior Executive Planner Padraig Maguire.

A motion proposed by Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fáil) and seconded by Paudge Connolly (Independent) was adopted calling on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to provide funding for works to alleviate known flooding blackspots in the county.

Two motions of urgent business, one tabled by the Sinn Féin representatives and the other by the Fine Gael grouping, were also discussed and adopted (see full report on page…).


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