Wednesday 22 January 2020

Search for missing cadet Ben (21) concludes for today due to river tide

Ben Garrett
Ben Garrett

Ryan Nugent and Geraldine Gittens

The search for missing army cadet Ben Garrett (21) has concluded due to a high tide on the river Corrib.

The army and gardai will continue searching the area, a garda spokesperson said. Searches will resume again tomorrow.

The family of a missing member of the Defence Forces are still "in shock" four days after he vanished in Galway.

Ben was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving a nightclub. His last known location was Eglington Street at 1.45am.

Close to 200 volunteers and 80 members of the Defence Forces searched the Oranmore area of the city yesterday after a similarly large search took place on Saturday.

Volunteers included as many as 100 members of Mr Garrett's local community, who travelled from Breaffy in Co Mayo.


The liaison officer for the family, Captain Damien Kelleher of the Defences Forces, told the Irish Independent that the family had kept themselves together as much as they could since Ben went missing.

"The support they're getting from family and friends is unbelievable," Mr Kelleher said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this stage. The family, as you can imagine, are in shock - complete and utter shock.

"They're coping well enough, considering everything that is going on."

Gardaí requested military assistance in the search for today.

A briefing took place at 9am today for all the other volunteers at the Liam Mellows GAA Club in Renmore.

Volunteers are advised to wear clothing and footwear suitable for adverse weather conditions.

Mr Kelleher said searchers were refusing to rule out any location in the search for Mr Garrett.

Searches will continue along the coast and also in Galway city.

Mr Garrett is described as being 6ft in height, with short brown hair and an athletic build.

When last seen, he was wearing dark jeans and a light blue round-neck jumper.

Upon leaving the nightclub, it is believed that Mr Garrett headed towards Eyre Square.

Irish Independent

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