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Searches for Jack enter third week

Thursday, 23 February 2017

SEARCHES to recover the body of Jack Glenn have entered their third week.

The 23-year-old man, who is originally from Artigarvan, went into the River Foyle three weeks ago. Since then, hundreds of volunteers - alongside his family - have been searching the river daily.

Rescue teams led by Foyle Search and Rescue with local teams from Mourne River Search and Rescue and Strabane Community Rescue and other agencies, have been involved in the daily searches.

At the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday), the remains of the talented young sportsman had not been recovered and searches are expected to resume this morning (Wednesday).

His parents, Hester and Colin, sister Katie and grandparents, have maintained a constant vigil by the river.

In an emotional statement posted on the 'Get Jack Back' Facebook page, his grandfather Jack senior, paid tribute to all those continuing to search for his beloved grandson.

"As head of the Glenn family I want to again thank every individual, community groups, local businesses, Foyle, Mourne, Strabane Community Rescue, Drogeda divers, the PSNI and any organisation I may have not mentioned for their unyielding efforts in trying to get Jack home to us.

"I sit at home and listen to what people are doing for us and cannot take in the generosity of all you kind people for which I will be eternally grateful."

Mr Glenn said appeals for donations to help fuel all the privately owned vessels involved in the searches have been successful.

"I would like to inform everyone that this appeal has stopped with immediate effect. I know there was a fundraising concert planned but I have asked the organisers to postpone this event until we get the wee man laid to rest. Plans for anything in Jack's memory will be announced later.

"There is a Justgiving page and all funds received from this will be used to boost rescue service funds to ensure that they are there when another family are plunged into this black hole we find ourselves in. My appeal is now not for money but for your presence at the search sites.

"We need feet and eyes on the ground and a few hours of your time would be very much appreciated," he added.

For details of search times and locations and who to contact, log onto the 'Get Jack Back' Facebook page.

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