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Monday, 1 September 2014

Gay man drowns trying to save partner in Greece

A gay man has died in a desperate struggle to save his partner, who also lost his life off the coast of Crete.

John Lynch, 45, and Kevin Devine, 46, both drowned off the coast of the Greek island last Friday (29 August).

Violist Lynch, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had lived in Dublin for many years with his civil servant partner.

It's understood Devine got in to difficulty while swimming at Mavros Molos beach around 5.40pm, an area known for its strong riptide currents, and called out to his partner. Lynch tried to save him, but he was unable to pull Devine from the water. Both men then drowned.

It is believed swimmers saw their bodies floating in the sea and notified the emergency services.

While the beach is normally supervised, a coastguard official said the duty lifeguard had finished his shift shortly before the men went in for a swim. Their bodies were taken to the Health Centre of Kissamos and later to General Hospital of Chania.

Devine's family said he will be deeply missed by his friends, family and colleagues in the Department of Health. 

'He loved travel, music and discovering new bands,' they said. 'We are being assisted by the authorities in Greece and the Department of Foreign Affairs and deeply appreciate their support at this difficult time.'

Source GSN

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