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Air and sea searches continue for builder George Jamieson

By Chris McCullough

Published 24/12/2015

Concerned: Padraig McShane
Concerned: Padraig McShane

A joint air and sea search was continuing last night for a 61-year-old Ballintoy dad who has been missing since Saturday.

The search was sparked after parts of a car were found in water at Ballintoy Harbour, including a bumper and number plate.

George Jamieson was last seen driving a silver Mercedes SLK convertible car but he was not reported missing to the police until Tuesday.

The coastguard confirmed they had two teams involved in searches around the Ballintoy Harbour area in a joint venture with the police.

The search operation is focused on an area around the picturesque harbour.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane said the missing father was well-known in the area.

"The village is reeling with shock," he said.

"Everybody knows George. He is a very popular and well-liked man who has lived in Ballintoy all of his life."

A police spokesman said: "Police on the North Coast are appealing for help in tracing a man who has not been seen since Saturday.

"Sixty-one-year-old George Jamieson had been staying in the Ballintoy area and has not been in contact with family or friends since Saturday, however, this was not reported to police until December 22.

"Police understand that this is out of character for George and are concerned for his well-being.

"George is described as being 6ft tall, of heavy build, with fair hair, a goatee beard, and blue eyes."

Anybody with information is urged to contact Coleraine PSNI on 101.

Friends of the missing man described him as a "gentle giant" and said his disappearance is out of character.

The local man had been working in construction in England but had recently returned to the village of Ballintoy.

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