Cllr Barney Fitzpatrick said: “I am extremely saddened at the tragic death of Robert McMullan. My thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this most difficult of times.
“We have has a number of tragedies on local beaches in recent years – each one such a very sad and unnecessary loss of life.
“People must be mindful of the safety risks involved with activities at sea. If you are going out, you should make others aware of where you are going and what you are doing so that if any problems arise, the authorities can be alerted quickly.”