Sister's emotional plea as search for brother goes on
The sister of a man missing since last Thursday when he was seen entering the River Foyle has urged anyone contemplating suicide to ask for help.
Following an appeal by the family of Jack Glenn for assistance in finding the 23-year-old, hundreds of people have combed the banks of the river in Londonderry while Foyle Search and Rescue spearheaded the operation on the water.
Sadly, as darkness fell on the fifth day of the search last night, Mr Glenn's body had yet to be recovered.
His sister Katie said the large number of volunteers has helped sustain the family through a very difficult time.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "I don't know how we can ever thank the people who have come out in such numbers to help us look for Jack but they are what is keeping me sane.
"Jack was my big brother, he was my best friend too but we didn't know he was feeling so low.
"He lost his job just before Christmas and I know he was down about that, but we had no idea he was in as much pain.
"I never thought this would come to our door but it has and we are devastated.
"I would beg anyone who is feeling low to speak up about how you are - tell someone. I just wish we knew how Jack was, and wish we could have helped him, but he is at peace now and in heaven."
Foyle Search and Rescue (FS&R), along with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and Mourne Search and Rescue, have planned a meticulous search operation which will continue until Mr Glenn's body has been recovered.
Stephen Twells from FS&R said a land search was planned if water searches prove unsuccessful.
"Our volunteers have been searching for Jack since Thursday, and over the rest of this week we have a detailed operation in place, including sonar searches," he said. "If Jack hasn't been found by next Saturday there will be a huge land search along with our daily water searches.
"There are a large number of people out helping the family and I would offer them some guidance so they can stay safe.
"No one should go to the water's edge or into the mud flats and people should stay in groups and have a mobile phone on them.
"If anyone does see either clothing or Jack, they should contact the police immediately or ourselves."
Anyone in distress can call Lifeline in confidence on 0808 808 8000