TV presenter Brian Back dies after his car plunges into water at a harbour in Northern Ireland
- His car was pulled from Strangford Harbour, in Co Down, Northern Ireland
- He was rescued out the car and taken to hospital where he died from his injuries
- His colleagues and family have posted tributes on social media to the journalist
UTV presenter Brian Black’s car dived into a harbour causing injuries that he later died from.
Mr Black, aged in his 70s, was pulled from Strangford Harbour, in Co Down, Northern Ireland, after bystanders reported a car in the water.
Emergency services responded and he was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital but he died from his injuries.
A car was pulled out the water of the harbour in Strangford, Co Down in Northern Ireland after Brian Black died aged in his 70s
Portaferry RNLI said they and the Portaferry Coastguard recovered the car and one casualty
Brian Black was an environmental journalist at UTV and many of his colleagues have written tributes for him
Northern Ireland’s Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, Coastguard and Royal National Lifeboat Institution all responded to the call on Tuesday, the Mirror reported.
There is video footage and photographs showing the car being lifted out of the water at the harbour.
RNLI told the Belfast Telegraph ‘Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 11.30am this morning by Belfast Coastguard following a report of a car in the water.
‘Portaferry RNLI and Portaferry Coastguard recovered a casualty from the water who was subsequently transferred to hospital.’
Mr Black was known for reporting on environmental issues and UTV’s political editor Ken Reid was among many to pay tribute to the presenter.
He tweeted: ‘Devastated. My old UTV colleague Brian Black has been killed in a tragic accident.
‘He was a special man, great communicator with a special passion for improving our environment.
‘The UTV family is in a state of shock at the loss. RIP.’
He was particularly passionate about the arctic and won the the Environmental Journalist of the Year award at Northern Ireland’s Press and Broadcast Awards several times
Photographer Kevin McAuley shared to social media: ‘Very sad news breaking about Brian Black he was one of a kind great environmentalist, programme maker and presenter.
‘What a sad way to go. I worked long side Brian on many shoots in North Antrim Fair Head and Rathlin Island. Brian RIP.’
Mr Black won the the Environmental Journalist of the Year award at Northern Ireland’s Press and Broadcast Awards several times.