A large-scale search and rescue operation for a missing Keady man may take “protracted and take several days” according to one local councillor.
Thomas O’Hanlon has been liaising closely with police in recent hours following reports a male entered the water in the Keady area earlier this morning (Saturday) – something the police confirmed at lunchtime today.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all the emergency services, they have been unable to locate or recover the gentleman concerned,” said Councillor O’Hanlon.
“The conditions this morning were very difficult following a night and morning of heavy rain. The police, ambulance service, fire and rescue service and the coastguard spent hours along the stretch of the river from Keady to Tassagh.
“This is now moved to a ‘Recovery Operation’ and whilst the river levels remain high, these are very difficult conditions for all those involved in the recovery process. It may be protracted and take several days. The search area may be extended further.
“Police are asking for anyone walking along these routes and landowners in particular to please be vigilant. If you notice anything, please contact Police immediately on 101 or 999.
“This is a very difficult situation for all involved, so please don’t name anyone or get involved in speculation.
“There is a family at the heart of this and those involved in the search operation have a difficult job.”