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Missing man's family vows to search river until his body is recovered

By Leone O'Neill

The family of a young Londonderry man who entered the River Foyle are calling on the public to help them search for his body.

Talented footballer and cricketer Jack Glenn (23), from the Waterside area of the city, went missing on Thursday morning.

Despite efforts by the emergency services, his body has not yet been recovered.

Family member Peter Tait, who is coordinating the searches along the river, said they will search every day until they get Jack back.

"Jack was an amazingly loved, very popular boy who touched the lives of everyone he met," Peter said yesterday.

"Despite the unrelenting efforts of the NIFRS, PSNI, Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) and the Coastguard, we were sadly not able to recover Jack from the River Foyle. FSR met with the family circle to discuss the way forward.

"We are now co-ordinating searches with them during daylight hours.

"We are leaving every hour on the hour from the Peace Bridge and walking down beside the river to find Jack and bring him home."

Peter put out a call on social media on Thursday night, asking the public to join the family in their search for Jack and was moved by the support that poured in.

"We were overwhelmed with our call for help," he said.

"Over 6,000 people shared the post. We gathered at the Peace Bridge and there were so many people there.

"Derry City and Strabane District Council gave us marquees to set up an administration point and to use as HQ at Ebrington Square for those searching and various community groups have been coming down with refreshments.

"We are asking people to please help us to walk the river on both sides in a safe as way possible so that we are able to support Foyle Search and Rescue in their search efforts."

Peter said that the family have drawn comfort from the immense outpouring of grief and offers of support in their darkest hour. "The support is greatly appreciated at this awful time," he added.

"As you can imagine, nobody will settle until they get the closure of getting Jack's body back, because until that happens you can't move into a grieving process. Coupled with that is the feeling of being so helpless.

"It's really difficult for the family at the minute. Whilst they take a lot of comfort and support from the public and what they are doing, they just want to get Jack home.

"Jack was an amazingly popular boy. He touched the lives of so many people. He was such a talented individual.

"He played cricket for Ireland and was a brilliant footballer. He was such a lovely person and the tributes from the football teams and cricket teams to schools and friends, who are paying tribute to him, are testament to that.

"That support is also so important to the family at this terrible, terrible time."

  • Anyone affected by the issues in this story can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or LifeLine on 0808 808 8000

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