Friday 20 April 2018

Public urged to check in with friends as gardai try to identify man who jumped into River Corrib

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Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Gardai in Galway trying to identify a young man who is believed to have jumped into the River Corrib, are appealing for people to check in on flatmates and friends.

A widescale search is underway for the man, who is believed to have jumped from the Quincentenary Bridge in the city on Tuesday morning.

Gardai, the Coastguard, Galway Lifeboat, fire service and ambulance crews have all been involved in the search. They have been joined by the civil defence and the Galway subaqua team.

Sgt Peadar Ryan of Galway Garda Station in Millstreet said the task of finding the young man is made even more difficult by the fact that they had no idea who he was.

Gardai have so far had no reports of any missing persons.

“At this stage we don’t even know the identity of this person who has entered the water but we’re happy that somebody did enter the water up from the Quincentenary Bridge into the River Corrib,” he told Galway Bay FM.

He said the man could be missing from a shared house in Galway and appealed for the public to check in on friends and housemates.

“If anybody is missing a mate or work colleague or fellow student or somebody that they might have noticed was acting out of the ordinary or a bit down in the last few days leading up to Tuesday, we’d love to hear from you,” he told the Keith Finnegan Show.

“It makes it more difficult for us when we don’t know who we’re looking for or what their habits were like,” he added.

The man was described as being of normal build and average height. He was wearing a light windbreaker jacket, navy or black tracksuit bottoms, a grey cap and had his hood pulled up.

Of particular significance was the bike left on the bridge by the young man. It is a Bentini Minnesota hybrid black mountain bike with grey and red stripes and the silver letters CTF.

Teams are carrying out searches along the upper and lower Corrib with the search largely concentrated on the upper Corrib area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Galway gardai at 091-538000.

Anybody who has been affected by this issue can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

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