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Search underway for missing Irishman missing after swimming trip

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police have said they received a report of the incident
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police have said they received a report of the incident

A search is underway for a 26-year-old man who went missing after going swimming with friends on Friday.

The man - who is understood to originally be from the west of Ireland - was last seen diving off a bridge in British Columbia, Canada but failed to surface.

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police have said they received a report of the incident after 3.30pm on Friday and a search and rescue operation was immediately launched in the Beaver Creek area.

The Calgary Herald reports that two boats and a dog were involved in the search over the weekend and the E Division Underwater Recovery team is also set to be deployed.

Police have contacted the man's family, who are said to be travelling to Canada.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told Independent.ie: "The department is aware of an incident in British Columbia involving an Irish citizen.

"Our Embassy in Ottawa is liaising closely with the local authorities and the department is providing consular assistance in this case."

Kathy Armstrong and Sasha Brady