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River search for missing Northern Ireland woman Kerry Millar

By Jonathan Bell

A major search operation is continuing on Sunday night for a missing woman with rescue teams vowing to continue for as long as it takes.

Coleraine police launched an appeal for help in tracking down Kerry Millar on Saturday morning. Her car was later found parked close to the banks of the River Bann.

Search teams from the Community Rescue Service were called to the scene and are conducting searches in the area.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph from the scene, Sean McCarry said the search teams of around 40 people would remain in place and continue their work around the clock for as long as necessary.

"This is a major search and rescue operation we have in place.

"Along with the police, we have three specialist boats on the water and search teams out on the banks of the river conducting methodical searches of the area. We are also using the site scan sonar which is very effective."

Sean continued:  "This is an extensive and major search operation. The River Bann is the largest volume of water entering the sea anywhere in the British Isles.

"It is a dangerous, fast-flowing stretch of water but we have specialist boats and the crews train regularly on the water so they are well used to it.

"We hope to bring the search to a conclusion and we'll be here for as long as it takes."

Community Rescue Service is a charity organisation with 10 teams based across Northern Ireland and is the primary responder for the PSNI for low-land search operations for missing persons.

Its crews continue to assist Foyle Search and Rescue in the search for missing man Michael McGinley in Derry.

The organisation is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and indeed people to sign up to help its services.

For more information, or to donate or even join one of its crews, visit

Police in Coleraine are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Kerry Millar who is currently being treated...

Posted by PSNI North Coast on Friday, February 23, 2018

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