“Intense” search continues for missing Sean

The massive search involving 250 people continued yesterday afternoon for Derry teenager, Sean McNair, who went missing in Rathmullan after he entered the water last weekend.

The massive search involving 250 people continued yesterday afternoon for Derry teenager, Sean McNair, who went missing in Rathmullan after he entered the water last weekend.

A land and sea search has been under way since the 17-year-old from Creggan fell from a pier at Rathmullan on the early hours Saturday morning.

Yesterday afternoon at low tide on Lough Swilly the search continued co-ordinated by Malin Coast Guard. It also involved Navy Divers and large number of volunteers.

The coast guard helicopter was brought into to search areas of Lough Swilly inaccessible by boat or by land as it reached low tide at 3.20pm.

Coast guard Officer Derek Flannigan, speaking from Rathmullan, said they are intensifying their search in certain areas and they also plan to deploy Garda divers if they have not recovered Mr. McNair before the weekend.

“Currently we have Greencastle Coast Guard unit in Buncrana with 80 to 90 people. We have the Mulroy Coast Guard team in Rathmullan with the Mountain Rescue Team and they are currently doing a shore-line search with 40 to 50 people. We have the Navy Divers ready to go in the water to start searching again. We have the rescue helicopter there starting from the Letterkenny end and working their way up the Lough focusing on different areas we want them to focus on. We also have some leisure craft doing a coast search up along the coast line. Tomorrow (Today, Thursday July 21) we will do the same and on Friday we will be joined by the Garda water Unit and other search and recovery divers from around the country,” Derek explained.

Sean McNair had travelled to the seaside village to attend an 18th birthday celebration with friends.

At approximately 1.30am on Saturday morning Sean, who was described by his mother Jackie as not a strong swimmer, is believed to have joined his friends in the water off the pier when he go into difficulty.

During the week the search was hampered by strong winds and poor visibility but conditions were said to have great improved since then.