Family say now confirmed Gary entered Foyle

Gavin and Sinead, brother and sister of missing Creggan man Gary Campbell, pictured at the river bank at Foyle on Monday evening as a search of the river began. DER1215MC008 (Photo: JIm McCafferty)
Gavin and Sinead, brother and sister of missing Creggan man Gary Campbell, pictured at the river bank at Foyle on Monday evening as a search of the river began. DER1215MC008 (Photo: JIm McCafferty)

The family of a Derry man who went missing at the weekend have now had it confirmed that he entered the River Foyle.

Relatives of Gary Campbell (31) said that he went into the water from Craigavon Bridge within four hours of being brought home from the same spot.

Gary Campbell

Gary Campbell

Family members and friends were today due to continue their search along the banks of the River Foyle in light of the new information.

His sister Sinead said that CCTV footage showed Gary entering the water shortly after 3am.

“We are going to continue our search,” she said. “I’m glad we known now for sure. That was my gut instinct. That was both of our instincts, me and my other brother, at 3.35am on Saturday morning.

“He entered the water at Craigavon Bridge. He had tried to go off there the first time but he was taken off the bridge and brought home.

“He actually went the very same route the second time.

“The first was 11.20pm and the second time was just after 3am.”

Around 30 relatives and friends of Gary Campbell gathered at Sainsbury’s yesterday afternoon as the tide went out to search for him.

They then split up into smaller groups to search along various stretches of the river’s edge and walkways.

At around the same time Foyle Search & Rescue were conducting their own separate, water-based search.

Creggan native Gary was last spotted on in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning.