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Missing person concern after empty canoe drifts ashore at Lough Neagh

Canoe Lough Neagh

Concerns have been raised after an empty canoe washed ashore off Lough Neagh on Sunday afternoon.

Lough Neagh Rescue and Mid Ulster police issued an appeal for a possible missing person late on Sunday evening.

As of this morning (Monday) no positive update has been forthcoming.

The unmanned canoe has naturally caused concerns among rescue teams and the general public given the vast size of the lough.

Posting on social media on Sunday evening, Lough Neagh Rescue, which is headquartered in Ardboe, posted: “Lifeboats have been tasked to search for a possible missing person after this canoe had been located at the fishery in Toomebridge.

“Do you know who owns this canoe? Please contact the coastguard if you have any information.”

Police have reiterated the appeal: “If you have any information please phone 101 reference Serial 1579 of 24-07-2022 or if an emergency 999.”

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