Divers searching for man missing Westmeath man Gavin Carey, a Corporal in the Defence Forces, have recovered a body from the water at Tullan Strand in County Donegal this afternoon. His body was recovered by Boyne Fisherman’s Rescue & Recovery team.
Gavin Carey, from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath was swimming with four other soldiers off Tullan Strand on Tuesday last when he got into difficulty. Two other members of the Defence Forces who were also swimming were rescued from the water.
The massive search involved over 100 members of the Defence Forces assisted crews from the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI Units from Bundoran, Killybegs and Sligo, along with the Civil Defence, Mountain Rescue Teams and Gardai in the search which began last Tuesday afternoon.
Corporal Carey was in Finner Camp attending a Military First Responder’s Course which he was completing as part of his pre-deployment training for UNIFIL. He was scheduled to deploy to South Lebanon with the 109th Infantry Battalion in November.
Corporal Carey’s next of kin are being assisted by Defence Forces Personnel Support Services
Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM offered his condolences to Corporal Carey’s family and friends. He said “My thoughts and sympathies are with Corporal Gavin Carey’s family and friends at this very difficult time. As a soldier, he espoused the values we as an organisation hold dear. I would like to thank each of the agencies that helped with the search. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny extended his sympathies to the Corporals family and to his colleagues at Custume Barracks, Athlone. Mr. Kenny said “Gavin served his country with pride and in the unheralded manner he and all his colleagues go about their business.”
The Irish Coast Guard has offered its sympathies to the Carey family and the Defence Forces.
A planned Open Day which was due to take place at Custume Barracks in Athlone, where Corporal Carey was based was postponed as a mark of respect this morning, following the news of the discovery of his body.