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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Mounties search for missing Irishman

Breaffy man David Gavin
Breaffy man David Gavin

A search is being carried out in Canada for a Co Mayo man who went missing while swimming with friends.

David Gavin (26) failed to surface when he dived off a bridge in British Columbia on Friday afternoon.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police immediately launched a search-and-rescue operation in the Kinbasket Lake area.

Mr Gavin, who is from Castlebar, moved to Canada only a few months ago to start a new job.

Family

Police contacted his family, who were expected to arrive in Canada last night.

His parents work for Mayo County Council and the family is said to be well-known.

Mr Gavin was a member of Breaffy GAA.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: "The department is aware of an incident in British Columbia involving an Irish citizen.

"Our embassy in Ottawa is liaising closely with the local authorities."

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