Search resuming for man missing in Lough Erne

A major search operation is taking place at Lough Erne after a man was reported missing following a jet ski incident last night. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

A search operation will resume this morning for a man who has been reported missing in Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.

Police and other emergency services conducted searches in Lough Erne last night following reports of an incident involving a jet-ski earlier.

One man was rescued from the water and searches are continuing for a second man.

A spokesman for RNLI said: "Both Enniskillen RNLI and Carrybridge RNLI were requested to launch their inshore lifeboats and rescue water craft at approximately 5.30pm following reports of a person in the water, off a jet-ski in the area of Muckross Bay.

"Enniskillen RNLI was already on the lough at the time having responded to a separate call out. The first person was swimming to shore when rescued by a boat that was passing by.

"The search is ongoing for a second person.

"The PSNI boat and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo are also involved in the air and water operation with the Fire and Rescue Service and Mountain Rescue involved from the shore."

Rosemary Barton, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the person still missing and also I wish the second person who was injured a full recovery.

"This is very sad news particularly at the end of a beautiful summer when this recreation area around Muckross Bay was a hive of activity each weekend with boats, water skiers, jet skis, and families enjoying picnics in this picturesque area near Kesh."

PA & Digital Desk

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