Northern Ireland

Hunt for missing kayaker Mark McGowan resumes

Mark McGowan
Image caption Police have appealed to anyone who saw Mark or a blue kayak in the area to come forward

The search for a missing kayaker is due to resume later.

Mark McGowan, 37, was last seen on Monday.

It is thought he disappeared from Carlingford Lough after taking his kayak out to sea. A paddle was found in the area on Wednesday - it was picked up by local fishermen.

Kilkeel lifeboat, County Down coastguard, Greenore lifeboat and a Dublin rescue helicopter have been involved in the search.

Mr McGowan is from Carlingford in County Louth.

The Irish coastguard are taking his disappearance "very seriously".

Poor weather conditions have hampered the search operation which is being coordinated by the Dublin and Belfast coastguard.

Police have appealed to anyone who saw Mark or a blue kayak in the area to come forward.

He is described as being 5ft 7in (1.70m) tall, of medium build with a tanned complexion. He has short, bleached blonde hair and was last seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

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