Widow of drowned angler has baby girl

The wife of angler Daryl Burke, 30, who drowned after a sudden storm capsized a boat on Lough Ree eight weeks ago, gave birth to the couple’s only daughter on Saturday.

Widow of drowned angler has baby girl

The family has confirmed Louise dressed Baby Ella in a pink baby-grow that Daryl bought for her.

The name was chosen by the couple and kept secret. They have three boys and were “over the moon” at having a daughter.

Daryl’s mum Denise said: “There are mixed feelings. We are so happy to see her but sad that Daryl isn’t here.”

Denise travelled with other family members to Drogheda to personally thank the volunteers with the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service who retrieved Daryl’s body from Lough Ree.

“It meant so much to have him back so we wanted to give something back to them,” she said as she, alongside his dad Aubrey, sister Julie and family friend Lynn Maxwell, spent the day selling flags for the rescue service.

The service is run by trained volunteers and it was their divers who recovered his body on April 5 more than two weeks after a freak wave claimed the life of Daryl and his friend David Warnock.

Denise said: “He loved fishing and he never went out without a lifejacket until that one day. I don’t know why he did that because he could not swim.”

His dad said “he would fish at home at the edge of the water with a life jacket on him.

“He never had it off him and that specific day for some reason he didn’t put it on.”

Aubrey revealed Daryl celebrated being 10 years cancer free last November — he successfully fought testicular cancer which was diagnosed when he was 20.

During their ordeal the family was overwhelmed by the generosity of the local people in Portadown and at Lough Ree as well as all the volunteers and groups who helped to locate his body.

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