Police suspend search for Irish man missing in Canada

€80,000 has been raised to support search efforts

Police suspend search for Irish man missing in Canada

Image: gofundme.com

Police in Canada say they have suspended a search for an Irish man missing after he reportedly dived off a bridge.

David Gavin (26) from Castlebar in Co Mayo went missing after entering the water at Beaver Creek, Kinbasket Lake, around 50km from the town of Golden in British Columbia.

Golden police say a team has conducted a "variety of underwater and surface scans", while flyovers have also been conducted in the area.

In a statement, spokesperson Annie Linteau said: "Unfortunately at this stage police are presuming that the missing man has drowned.

"We have requested that our Air Services unit conduct periodic flyovers of the area throughout the summer, in the hopes that he will be located soon."

The Irish Sport and Social Club of Vancouver have raised more than $117,000 (€80,000) to support the search and Mr Gavin's family.

According to the club, David had been travelling to Calgary for a Gaelic football championship with his teammates when they stopped at the lake.

The club says David recently moved to Canada was a "hugely popular figure within the Irish GAA community in Vancouver and within the GAA community at home - with his club Breaffy and with his County Mayo".

A special mass of support will be held at Breaffy GAA clubhouse tonight at 9.30pm.