Friend pays funeral tribute to drowned honeymoon couple


A Northern Ireland honeymoon couple who drowned in South Africa will never be forgotten, a family friend has said.

John Rodgers, 28, and his wife Lynette, 26, died last month after getting caught in a riptide at Plettenberg Bay.

The funeral was held at First Presbyterian Church in Holywood, Co Down, where they were married just six days before their deaths.

Friend Billy Mawhinney said: "The tragic events in South Africa have extinguished their bright flame too soon but we will never forget our daughter, son, sister, brother or friend.

"We set out to write a tribute but there are no words to immortalise John and Lynette."