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Teen feared dead after pier plunge

A teenager from Derry City is feared dead after falling off a pier in a small County Donegal fishing village.

Divers have been carrying out a search along the Lough Swilly coastline after Sean McNair, from Creggan in Derry, fell off the pier in Rathmullan in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

The family of the 17-year-old have been keeping a vigil in the town, but the search has been hampered by fierce weather conditions.

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Coastguards from both sides of the border have been active in the search of the treacherous stretch of water, but they were unable to deploy boats or helicopters, while currents have affected visibility conditions underwater for divers.

The teenager had been in the village celebrating the birthdays of two if his friends when he accidentally plunged into the water at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday,

"Even in the best of conditions, this part of the Swilly is notoriously difficult because of strong tides and currents," said an Irish Coastguard spokesman.

"With an improvement in the weather, we will be able to launch boats and deploy the helicopter. We will extend the search to both sides of the Swilly, which means around 35 miles, so it's a large area to be searching."

More than 100 people have joined in the search for mcNair, who had recently completed school exams and was described as having "brains to burn." Meanwhile, in Dungannon, County Tyrone, the death of a two-year-old boy at business premises has been described as "not suspicious." The child was the son of a Latvian employee of a food manufacturers, and a statement from the Dungannon Enterprise Center, where the business is based, said emergency services had been called after the child began to feel unwell.

"Paramedics arrived within minutes and the child was taken by ambulance to Craigavon Area Hospital. Later that evening we were shocked to hear the little boy died," the center said.

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