Belfast Telegraph

Bangor search operation goes on for missing swimmer

By Staff Reporter

An extensive land and sea search is continuing today around the coast near Bangor after a woman swimmer was reported missing.

The search operation was launched on Monday afternoon following a report to police that clothes had been left on a pier and a woman had swam out to sea.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene and recovered a bag of clothes which had been left on rocks at the shore.

However, a series of searches subsequently carried out failed to locate the owner of the clothes by last night.

At teatime yesterday, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) said: "Search And Rescue units have now stood down after a second day of searches for a missing swimmer in the Bangor area.

"Extensive searches have taken place over the last two days, with at this time nothing found."

The search effort has involved Bangor, Portaferry, Larne and Portmuck Coastguard Rescue Teams, Bangor and Donaghadee RNLI lifeboats, Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter 116, and Lagan Search And Rescue.

The PSNI helicopter has been used to carry out thermal imaging in an attempt to locate the swimmer.

A fishery protection vessel also joined the hunt.

More searches will take place in the area today.

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