Dog teams join search for missing woman
A specialist dog team from Northern Ireland is being called in this morning to help in the continuing search for a missing Letterkenny woman.
The move is the latest development in the efforts to find 43-year-old Una Boyle who was reported missing in the early hours of Friday morning. A large team of gardai has been involved in the searches along the River Swilly.
Searches that began at the weekend continued yesterday when a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter deployed by Malin Head coastguard station helped in the search for the second day in a row.
The helicopter re-joined the search yesterday morning using thermal-imaging technology and a searchlight which can illuminate the sea bed.
Gardai have been searching river banks of the River Swilly from the Port Bridge down to where the river enters Lough Swilly at The Thorn.
Superintendent Vincent O'Brien said the search was concentrated in this area as the last sighting of the missing woman was close to the Port Bridge.
Divers from the Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club were involved in the search on Saturday and Sunday but their involvement has been restricted due to the tides which change at 6am and 6pm, restricting the amount of time divers can be involved, Supt. O'Brien said.
The dog teams are coming from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association based in Co. Antrim. The dogs are specially trained in locating and recovering bodies from water and will join the search from first light this morning. "It is another avenue that we are looking at because the tides don't suit us at the moment," Supt. O'Brien said.
Divers searching for missing Letterkenny woman Una Boyle. Photo: Brian McDaid (1412bd77)