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Fears grow for Kerry Millar as River Bann search continues

By Eamon Sweeney

A search operation for a Coleraine woman who has been missing since the weekend continued along the River Bann yesterday as fears for her safety grow.

Kerry Millar, who is aged 43, was reported missing in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Her car was found near the fast-flowing river at Christie Park in the heart of the Co Londonderry town.

A round-the-clock search for the missing woman has continued ever since, involving Community Rescue Service (CRS), the PSNI and members of the Millar family.

Sean McGarry from CRS said dozens of volunteers from the organisation have been combing the area continuously.

"We have been here non-stop since around 1.30am on Saturday morning and will be here until Kerry is found," he said.

"The search is using three boats, specialists and an underwater team."

Sonar is also being deployed while volunteers search along the riverbank for any clues to Kerry Millar's whereabouts.

Speaking from the scene of the search, Mr McGarry paid tribute to those from the local community who have turned out to help in the search.

But he said that the longer the search continues, the more likely it will turn out to be a recovery rather than a rescue operation.

"The longer the search goes on, the worse the situation is for the family, so the quicker it concludes the better," he said.

The PSNI said that officers in Coleraine are becoming increasingly concerned for the missing woman.

In a statement, police said: "If you have any information on her current whereabouts please contact police on the non-emergency number 101 and quote reference number 123 24/02/18."

Community Rescue Service is the main responder in search operations for the PSNI across 10 locations in Northern Ireland.

It is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The organisation is also currently assisting Foyle Search and Rescue in Londonderry to look for the body of a missing man from the Gobnascale area of the city.

Michael McGinley is thought to have entered the Foyle on January 21 at around 3.30pm.

His family have issued heartfelt pleas for the public to assist in locating him.

Anyone who may have information about the 27-year-old's whereabouts is asked to contact the police at Strand Road PSNI station in Londonderry.

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