Search continuing along Sligo coast for missing man

The search is continuing today along the Sligo coast for a 43-year old local man who has been missing for the past three days.

Groups of volunteers, accompanied by members of the Civil Defence, left from Rosses Point this morning for another coordinated search that stretches all the way from Ballisodare Bay north to Streedagh.
The volunteer searchers met this morning in Harry’s Bar, from where they left in groups to search different sections of the coastline.

Today’s search is taking place in areas along the sea at Strandhill, Coney Island, Rosses Point and Drumcliffe/Raughley.

The search area includes rocky outcrops, such as near Raughley, as well as soft, swampy areas, and extends all the way into Sligo Town as far as Hyde Bridge.

Among those coordinating the search is Barnes Murphy, who paid tribute to all those taking part.

Yesterday, there were about 200 people in total involved in the search along the coastline.

He pointed out that on New Year’s Day, up to 150 people had given their time to turn up in Rosses Point to volunteer to take part in the effort.

‘The response has been amazing,’ he said.

Overall, the search involves the Coast Guard, the RNLI, Civil Defence, Sligo Sub Aqua Club and members of the gardai.

Searchers are now taking advantage of the current low tide and will return to Harry’s Bar in Rosses Point this afternoon for a debriefing.