A massive search  in the Carrick area for missing man David Maguire resumes today. The 38 year old father of two has been missing since early on New Year’s Day. He was reported missing on Friday evening last and since then the Gardai, the Coast Guard and Donegal Mountain Rescue have co-ordinated a huge search effort.

He is described as being  5’ 10” tall and when last seen was wearing light blue jeans, and a white hoodie under a dark jacket. The last known sighting of the missing man was recorded by CCTV in Carrick village at 04:30am on New Year’s Day.

DMRT spokesman, Joseph Brennan described the search as “one of the most extensive the Team have ever taken part in” and commented on the huge local participation.

Operations begin as soon as light breaks every day since with searchers gathering from near and far in the local community hall to meet with the Gardai, Coast Guard and Mountain Rescue units who are coordinating the search. .However, thus far, even coupled with excellent local ground knowledge the search continues to draw a blank.

The Rescue 118 Coastguard helicopter from Strandhill has combed the Sliabh Liag to Muckross Head coast and the Glen and Abhainn Bhuí rivers. Ground teams under DMRT and Coastguard control have again swept the entire coastline area from Carrick to Teelin at low tide and land operations are ongoing in the environs of Carrick and Kilcar towns. In recent days the coastal search has been extended as far as Maghery and St Johns Point. Local divers and the Gardai sun aqua team have also been involved.

The search continues today and the public is asked to liaise with the Gardai or rescue personnel on the ground before heading out to search as conditions along the coast and rivers are dangerous with the recent bad weather. Anyone with any information on Mr Maguire’s whereabouts are asked to contact Carrick Gardai on 074 9739002.

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