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George Jamieson: Police divers at Ballintoy Harbour find body in search for missing man

Published 24/12/2015

Police divers found the vehicle in Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim
Police divers found the vehicle in Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim

A body has been found by police divers searching for missing 61-year-old George Jamieson.

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

Police divers located a car with a body of a male inside it at Ballintoy Harbour on Thursday morning.

Inspector Colin Shaw said, “Police divers involved in searches for missing 61-year-old George Jamison located a car with the body of a male inside it at Ballintoy Harbour late this morning(Thursday December 24).

"The body has been recovered and efforts are ongoing to recover the vehicle. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”

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 was focused on an area around the picturesque harbour.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane described Mr Jamieson as a "fantastic" man and said the community was devastated.

"It is never easy to speak on someone you know following such tragic circumstances. But it is only proper to relay that George was a fantastic and extremely popular individual.

"Ballintoy and the wider North Antrim community has been devastated by what has unfolded. We will never see his likes again.

"To his family and wide circle of friends, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies at this painful time."

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

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