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Family call for support for weekend rally

QUIGLEY SEARCH. . . . .The scene under Foyle Bridge yesterday afternoon as relatives, friends and helpers take a soup break before resuming the search on the River Foyle for missing Galliagh teenager Andy Quigley. DER0414JM038

QUIGLEY SEARCH. . . . .The scene under Foyle Bridge yesterday afternoon as relatives, friends and helpers take a soup break before resuming the search on the River Foyle for missing Galliagh teenager Andy Quigley. DER0414JM038

The family of a missing teenager, who is believed to have taken his own life in the River Foyle, have asked local people to attend a rally tomorrow.

Andrew Quigley, 19, from Galliagh, went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A number of his personal belongings were later found beside the River Foyle.

His family - along with friends, community groups and members of the public -have been searching the banks of the river every day since his disappearance.

And they have asked the people of the city to attend a rally supporting Foyle Search and Rescue and Hurt at 1pm at the Peace Bridge tomorrow.

“We just want to get wee Andrew back,” his uncle Dee Quigley told the ‘Journal.’

He said the Quigley family were drawing “great strength” from the support they have received.

“We are tired, exhausted and sad of course but we are being held up by the people of the city who have been supporting us.”

Shelters have now been provided for the searchers, as have portaloos by Derry City Council. Members of the public have been calling down to the search site with tea, soup and sandwiches.

“People have been so good to us,” Dee said.

He said in terms of practical support, the family are still asking for any experienced boatsmen to take to the river to help with the search.

He said however the biggest call he would make to the people of the city is to come out to a rally due to take place along the river, from the Peace Bridge, tomorrow from 1pm.

The rally will call for the overturning of the decision not to fund Foyle Search and Rescue and Hurt. “I’d like people to stand along both sides of the river, to show their support for these organisations so that something can be done before more of our children are driven to their deaths in our river through despair.”

If you are in distress, call The Samaritans on 08457 909090 or Lifeline on 0808 808 8000

 
 
 

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