Divers continue search for Primark founder's grandson as threat of bad weather looms
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Divers continue search for Primark founder's grandson as threat of bad weather looms

DIVERS are continuing the search for the missing grandson of Primark founder Arthur Ryan off the coast of west Cork.

At least 60 experienced divers from across Ireland are today scouring the sea in the hope of locating the body of Barry Davis Ryan, 21, near Baltimore.

The student has not been found since he was last seen on June 30, when he leapt into the sea to save his 20-year-old girlfriend Niamh O’Connor who had been dragged in.

His father, also named Barry Ryan, entered the sea to try and save the pair, but his body, along with Ms O’Connor’s, was found shortly afterwards.

Diving teams will conduct the search whilst weather conditions remain suitable, but there is a possibility that the search could be abandoned later today if conditions change.

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On Thursday, over 100 divers took part in the search, but John Kearney of the West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue unit, warned that incoming poor conditions could hamper the operation.

Mr Kearney added that teams had been aided by the huge offering of help by volunteers to transport divers out to the Eastern Hole Bay.

“It really has been an extraordinary response by people to this terrible tragedy,” he said.