The families of a newly-wed couple from Northern Ireland who drowned while on honeymoon in South Africa have spoken of their shock and sorrow at the tragedy.

John Rodgers, 28, and his wife Lynette, 26, from Holywood, Down, died on Friday after getting into trouble in rough seas in Plettenberg Bay in Cape Town - just six days after their wedding.

In a joint statement the families of the couple said "Our happiness in sharing their recent wedding has been thoroughly devastated. Both were very dearly loved and brought us great joy."

"We would now ask that our families' privacy be respected and we are left in peace" the statement said.