Saturday, November 21, 2020

A search has been ongoing sinceĀ  yesterday, Friday, November 20 for a man who was reported missing in the north Mayo area.

The last known whereabouts of the man was in the Downpatrick Head area of north Mayo.

The alarm was raised late on Thursday evening, November 19 by family members of the man, who is a 69 year old Dutch national but has been living in the Lacken area.

His last known whereabouts were in the vicinity of Downpatrick Head and his car has been located there.

The Irish Coastguard helicopter has been searching the shoreline in that vicinity and land searches have been ongoing since yesterday with a focus on the area between Ballycastle pier and Killala.

Gardai have been assisted in the search by members of the Civil Defence, the coastguard and local voluntary sea rescue groups as well as members of the surrounding communities.

Local Garda Supt Joe Doherty thanked everyone for their assistance and urged anyone that may have noticed the man or his vehicle in the vicinity of Downpatrick Head in recent days to get in touch.

He also appealed to landowners in the area where the search is taking place to check their outhouses and lands – particularly coastal plots.

If anyone has any information of assistance they can contact Sgt Paul Maher at Ballina Garda Station on (096)20560.

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