I Just want Sean home - Mum keeps a vigil at pier

Jackie McNair, mother of missing teenager Sean McNair keeps vigil at at the pier in Rathmullan yesterday. 1907cg96

Jackie McNair, mother of missing teenager Sean McNair keeps vigil at at the pier in Rathmullan yesterday. 1907cg96

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The heartbroken mother of missing Derry teenager Sean McNair yesterday resumed her vigil at Rathmullan Pier.

Jackie McNair described her son Sean, who went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning, as her “blue-eyed boy”.

17 year old Sean McNair who is missing-disappeared at Rathmullan pier in Donegal-

17 year old Sean McNair who is missing-disappeared at Rathmullan pier in Donegal-

It’s understood the 17 year-old, from Rinmore Drive, Creggan, was in Rathmullan for a birthday party and went into the water while with friends on the pier.

Searches were continuing yesterday in bad weather conditions in an effort to locate the Derry man. Dozens of volunteers joined the coastguard, mountain rescue and gardaí in searches of beaches on the shores of Lough Swilly.

Poor visibility, persistent rain and strong currents were hampering efforts on the third day of the search. Divers were not able to take to Lough Swilly due to strong currents. Members of the Garda sub aqua unit were expected to arrive in Donegal last night. It was hoped that dives by the Sheep Haven Sub Aqua Club would recommence last night if conditions allowed.

Mr.McNair’s mother Jackie was comforted by family members and friends as she resumed her vigil at the pier yesterday. She thanked all the volunteers who had turned out to search for her only son.

“He was my blue-eyed boy. He was so smart,” she said. “He never would have complained about anything. He wanted to do his A Levels and go to America and be self-employed. He was just an amazing son, the only one I have. I just want him home.

“I want to really thank the people for their support. All my family and all my friends and everyone in Rathmullan and Fr. Martin Collum, who has been so amazing. I am just overwhelmed with all the support I am getting and I don’t know how I can thank the people.”