Holidaymakers help in search for Sean

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Around 70 volunteers gathered at Rathmullan at lunchtime yesterday to take part in continuing searches for missing Derry teenager Sean McNair.

A fun fair in the holiday village next to the pier from where Sean went missing gave shelter from the rain as the groups of volunteers were given instructions by coastguard officers.

Holidaymakers were among the volunteers who were taking part in the search.

Locals came from around the Fanad peninsula and as far as Milford and Letterkenny to take part in the search for the missing Creggan teenager.

The search teams were covering the beaches as far north as Portsalon and as far south as Ramelton.

At the same time volunteers gathered at Buncrana to take part in searches on the eastern side of the Lough.

Cousins and uncles of Mr. McNair as well as friends and neighbours from Derry were among the volunteers.

Searches on the other side of the lough covered beaches north and south of Buncrana.

The coastguard helicopter from Sligo re-joined the search yesterday afternoon after being prevented from taking part earlier in the day by the weather conditions.

The search for Mr. McNair began almost immediately after the alarm was raised at around 1.30 am on Saturday morning.

He is understood to have been in Rathmullan celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Mr. McNair and three of his friends are believed to have entered the water from Rathmullan pier.