Missing Moy man’s family travel over from Poland

Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz

Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz

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FAMILY members of a Moy man who went missing while fishing in Portrush have travelled from Poland as the search for his body continues.

The mother and brother of Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz met Jerome Mullen, Northern Ireland Honorary Polish Consul, on Wednesday.

The 38 year-old, who lived in Moy and was a popular member of staff at Loughgall based fresh food firm, Gilfresh Produce, was swept out to sea while fishing at Ramore Head on September 14.

It is understood he was returning from a fishing trip with two friends when he fell into the sea.

Hopes of finding Mr Andrykiewicz alive dwindled as bad weather hindered rescue efforts and the Coastguard search operation was suspended temporarily.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Mullen said Mr Andrykiewicz’s mother and brother are staying close to where he lived and are very anxious to find his body.

The consul said the family had been given accommodation in Moy, and are being comforted by members of the Polish community in the area.

They are also receiving help and support from Mr Andrykiewicz’s employers.

Mr Mullen said they are highly distressed by the disappearance and are very anxious for the recovery operation to resume as soon as possible.

Gilfresh Produce’s owner and general manager, William Gilpin, described Mr Andrykiewicz as an “outstanding employee” who had recently been promoted to a supervisory role.

Mr Gilpin’s father, Thomas, brought Mr Andrykiewicz’s mother and brother to the company’s premises, where they met some of his closest friends and colleagues.

The consul said Mr Andrykiewicz’s friends had described him as a “fun-loving and optimistic” character who loved life, football and was passionate about fishing.