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Search to resume for man ‘lost in Lough Erne’

By Cate McCurry

A major search operation is expected to resume in Co Fermanagh today for a man who is believed to have gone into Lough Erne.

Emergency services were called at around 5.30am over fears the man had entered the water in Enniskillen yesterday morning.

The RNLI said it received a report of a missing person in the Henry Street area of the town, sparking the search operation.

It was joined by police, the Coastguard, Fire Service and Irish Coastguard helicopter rescue from Sligo.

A spokesman for the RNLI said: "Both Enniskillen RNLI inshore lifeboats launched along with one of its Rescue Water Crafts.

"The volunteer crew began an initial search from Portora Lock Gates right along the stretch of water to the Round O before proceeding onto the initial entry point adjacent to Henry Street where they were met by a PSNI boat.

"Enniskillen RNLI was stood down at 12.35pm."

Enniskillen businessman Terry McCartney, who saw the rescue operation, said: "There was a sort of sadness that something had gone wrong but I hope we are wrong."

"The best possible outcome will be that it is just a false alarm and that he is found safe and well."

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