Hundreds join marine search for Derry teen

Volunteers searching for missing Creggan teenager Sean McNair. (2207MM11)

Volunteers searching for missing Creggan teenager Sean McNair. (2207MM11)

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Hundreds of volunteers and rescue service personnel continued the search for Derry teenager Sean McNair last night.

The intense search of Lough Swilly’s beaches, which involved up to 300 people each day, continued throughout the week as Sean’s mother Jackie kept vigil at the Rathmullan pier where the 17 year-old entered the water on Saturday morning.

Neil Canning of Malin Head Coastguard Station, which is co-ordinating the massive search operation, said “more than 100 people” were involved in the search of the Inishowen side alone yesterday afternoon. The low water beach searches began at 4pm as the tide receded. Irish Navy divers searched around Rathmullan pier early yesterday morning while a coastguard helicopter has been involved in the search operation throughout the week. The Creggan schoolboy went into the water with friends at Rathmullan pier in the early hours of last Saturday morning. His friends tried desperately to save him when he got into difficulty and raised the alarm at around 1.30am.