Northern Ireland

Mother wants to lay missing Sean McNair to rest

The mother of a Londonderry teenager who went missing in Lough Swilly has appealed for help in finding her "amazing son" so she can bury him at home.

Sean McNair, 17, fell from a pier at Rathmullan, County Donegal on Saturday.

His friends attempted to save him, but he was pulled away by a strong ocean current.

His mother Jackie said she wanted to get her son "out of the water" so she can lay him to rest in Derry.

Coastguard teams, RNLI lifeboats and members of the Rathmullan community have been searching for the teenager since the early hours of Saturday morning.

They have asked members of the public to join the search, which has been hampered by bad weather.

'Looking down'

Jackie said the support her family had received had been "overwhelming". She also praised the efforts of rescuers.

"I can't fathom what is ahead of me," she added.

"It's going to be so hard to do what I have to do and I need all the support I can get. He is looking down on me and he will give me the strength to do what I have to do.

"I never thought I would be burying my son ever, I'd rather go before him."

Sean travelled from his home in Creggan to Donegal for an 18th birthday celebration with a group of friends.

Jackie said her son was not a strong swimmer, but decided to go into the water after several of other boys jumped from the pier.

"Whenever he tried to get back in he couldn't. The current just took him. Jason (his cousin) tried to save him but he lost his grip.

"He was an amazing son. He loved life. He was waiting to do his A levels. He was waiting for his GCSE results in August."

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