Friday 20 April 2018

Body discovered in search for soldier (28) missing off Irish beach

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A BODY has been recovered in the search for a missing soldier off the Donegal coast.

The grim discovery was made this morning by divers who had been involved in the search for Corporal Gavin Carey since Tuesday evening.

They were searching for the soldier who got into difficulty while swimming in the sea off Bundoran.

Corporal Carey’s next of kin have been informed and his remains are being transported to Sligo University Hospital where they will be formally identified.

The 28-year-old soldier was at Tullan Strand in Bundoran with a group of four other colleagues when he got into difficulty earlier this week.

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Carey served with Custume Barracks in Athlone and had been attending a course at Military First Responder’s Course, which he was completing as part of his pre-deployment training for UNIFIL.

He was scheduled to deploy to South Lebanon with the 109th Infantry Battalion in November.

Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, has offered his condolences to Corporal Carey’s family and friends ‘My thoughts and sympathies are with Corporal Gavin Carey’s family and friends at this very difficult time. As a soldier he espoused the values we as an organisation hold dear."

"I would like to thank each of the agencies that helped with the search. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.’

The Taoiseach has also expressed sympathy on the death of Corporal Gavin Carey.

"On behalf of myself, as Taoiseach and Minister for Defence, and on behalf of all the citizens of the State I want to express my sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of Corporal Gavin Carey following his tragic death," a statement released Sunday evening read.

"Gavin died as a serving member of the Defence Forces and I wish also to extend my sympathies to his colleagues from 2 Brigade Artillery Regiment, Custume Barracks, Athlone, at what is a very difficult time for them.

"Gavin served his country with pride and in the unheralded manner he and all his colleagues go about their business.

"At the time of his death he was in the process of completing a training course prior to his scheduled deployment overseas, to Lebanon. A further reminder of the duties soldiers undertake on all our behalves."

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