Family of 'lovely' young Irishman who drowned in the Netherlands are 'absolutely destroyed'
The family of a 'lovely' young Irishman who drowned off the coast of the Netherlands have said they are "absolutely destroyed" by their loss.
The deceased man, who has been named locally as Alan Lucid, got into trouble off the coast of Holland in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Mr Lucid (28) was a PhD student in University College Cork, he was working as a researcher in Cereal and Beverage Science and had been in Egmond An Zee in the Netherlands this week to attend the International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria, which finished on Thursday.
Mr Lucid, who was originally from Knockane in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry, and his loved ones are understandably devastated by the news.
His cousin John Lucid told Independent.ie: "This is a tragedy, it's an absolutely devastating loss for his parents, brothers, sisters and girlfriend.
"His parents are absolutely destroyed, there's no other way to describe it.
"You'd never expect to hear news like this."
Fianna Fail Councillor John paid tribute to Mr Lucid.
He said: "Alan was a lovely young lad, very quiet but friendly.
"He had a very successful academic life and had done well all through school, college and now in his PhD."
The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue said in a statement released to Independent.ie: "At 03.18 hours, the volunteers of the Egmond Rescue Brigade (ERB) and KNRM stations Egmond aan Zee, Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden received an alarm from the Coast Guard Centre for a missing person in the sea.
“Coast Guard Helicopter police, ambulance service and the Mobile Medical Team were also alerted.
“The rescue boat Adriaan Hendrik had just been launched when the victim was found on the shoreline and the crew of the ERB began resuscitation at approximately 3.40 hours.
“The Coastal Support Vehicle transported ambulance staff to the victim.”
Police have confirmed they are treating the Alan's death as an accident.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed they are aware of the his death.
A spokesman said: "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of the deceased who drowned in the Netherlands."