Body of missing soldier recovered from the sea

crossDivers today(Sunday) recovered the body of missing soldier corporal Gavin Carey from the sea off Donegal.

The body of the 28-year-old father of a three-year-old girl was recovered off Aughris Head, known locally as Roguey Point in Bundoran.

Up to 120 soldiers as well as a Navy diving unit and divers from Donegal, Sligo and Enniskillen participated in the search for Mr Carey, known as Care Bear, who was swept away by a rip-tide in five-metre high waves last Tuesday evening.

He was on a swimming break from nearby Finner military camp with four other soldiers . Mr Carey and another man got into difficulty when swimming off a corner of Tullan Strand beneath Roguey cliff, a favourite walking spot.

Eye-witness Mel Fallon, from Bundoran, said Mr Carey was swept out to sea and the other man survived with an injured leg because he was swept on to the cliff rocks.

A Sligo-based Coastguard helicopter and an Air Corps AW139 helicopter participated in the six-day search as did the Bundoran life-boat and the Killybegs life boat.

Mr Carey, attached to Custume Barracks in Athlone but from the Mullingar area, was on a training course at Finner camp.

Dara O’Malley Daly, station manager at Malin Head Coast Guard said: “We would like to offer our condolences to the man’s family. We would also like to express our gratitude for all the people who helped in the search.”