Monday, November 23, 2020

 

Poor weather conditions necessitated the postponement of a search for a missing man in north Mayo today.

The search has been ongoing since Friday last.

The alarm was raised late on Thursday 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 and land searches have been ongoing with a focus on the area between Ballycastle pier and Killala.

Gardaí 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 but stood down the search yesterday due to bad weather.

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 contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560

He also appealed to landowners in the area to check their outhouses and lands – particularly coastal plots.

The search will resume as soon as weather permits.

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