Friday 20 October 2017

Body of drowned aid worker flown home

Brian McDonald

THE remains of a young Irish aid worker who lost her life in a drowning tragedy in Ghana over a week ago have been brought back to Ireland.

The body of Natalie Higgins, of Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway, was flown into Dublin early yesterday morning where it was received by her parents Noel and Marion and brothers Keith and Craig.

Friends and neighbours turned out in force with lit candles at 6am to form a guard of honour at the Higgins' home.

Natalie (24) will repose at her home in Knockroe, Abbeyknockmoy, today from 1-8pm and her funeral Mass will take place at the local church at 1pm tomorrow. She will be buried at Abbeyknockmoy cemetery.

Natalie had only been in Ghana for about 10 days as part of three months of voluntary work. Along with colleagues from the UK-based Projects Abroad charity, Natalie had travelled 250km from her inland base at an orphanage to Ghana's southern coast for a monthly meeting.

She and two co-workers later strolled on the beach when a freak wave dragged them out to sea. Her colleagues were rescued, but Natalie disappeared.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are being asked to make a donation to the charity for a new orphanage near Kumasi city in Ghana.

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