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Body discovered after searches conducted by CRS volunteers in Co Antrim


A body of a missing person was discovered on Tuesday morning, October 11, after extensive searches were conducted in the Carrickfergus area of County Antrim.


Community Rescue Service (CRS) volunteers were involved in the search operation which was mounted on Monday evening.


A spokesperson for the CRS said:


"Tea-time on Monday seen our volunteers tasked again to the Carrickfergus area to search for a high risk missing person.


"Teams searched throughout the evening and into the early hours before having to stand-down for the night with volunteers were getting to their homes around 3am.




"Later on Tuesday morning as preparations were being put in place to return to our search we regret to inform you that a body was located some distance outside of the search area, believed to be that of the missing person.


"The management and volunteers of the Community Rescue Service extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased."



It continues to be a busy time for the dedicated volunteers as they respond to help those who are vulnerable in the community.


Last week the team were tasked to another incident in the Carrickfergus area early on Thursday 6 October, to search for a high risk missing person.


Whilst enroute to the area, CRS were alerted by colleagues in City Centre CCTV and PSNI of an incident unfolding on the River Lagan where a person was in distress on a bridge over the river.



The CRS spokesperson commented:


"Some of our volunteers diverted to this incident and worked in conjunction with the River Lagan Wardens who had quickly launched their boat and were quickly on scene at the incident location. Together with the PSNI, the incident was brought to a quick and safe conclusion.


"At the same time, CRS along with the PSNI were conducting extensive systematic searches throughout the Carrickfergus area which continued throughout the day.


"Thankfully the missing person was located safe.



"On returning to base our volunteers were cleaning vehicles and restocking kit ready for the next shout, it came quicker than expected and we were alerted by CCTV and PSNI of a person in distress in the water in the vicinity of the SSE Arena.


"Thanks to the quick actions of the PSNI, Belfast Harbour Police and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service deploying a life ring to the person, we were able to bring them back to safety where they where treated by Northern Ireland Ambulance Service."



The spokesperson continued:


"The weekend seen our safety patrols around the River Lagan in Belfast. Again our volunteers were able to provide life-saving services to our community with three people being assisted to safety.


"Around midnight last night our Western volunteers were deployed to search for a high risk missing person. The missing person was located safe and our volunteers were able to return home in the early hours."



The CRS spokesperson concluded:


"We would like to thank all of the agencies involved with the different incidents, the community and local businesses and of course our volunteers who without a second thought give up their own personal and work time to help those in need."