Searches resume for young soldier missing in Galway

A large group of volunteers gathered in Oranmore this morning

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Ben was wearing a light blue jumper when last seen.

Searches for 21-year-old Ben Garrett, who is missing in Galway, have resumed today.

Mr Garrett was last seen on Eglington Street shortly before 2am on Thursday morning close to Carbon night club in the city centre.

A large group of volunteers gathered at Calasanctius College in Oranmore at 8.30 this morning to continue the search for the missing Mayo man.

The volunteers were briefed by the Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces before being dispatched to different areas to carry out the search.

Members of Oranmore Civil Defence and the Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit are also taking part in the operation.


Thanks to our search teams who were involved today in the search to return Ben Garrett to his family.We will be conducting daily searches until he is located.

Posted by Oranmore Civil Defence on Saturday, 2 April 2016

The Coastal Search Unit is a new organisation that was set up in the wake of an enormous effort to locate Michael Bugler, an NUIG student whose body was found on the shores of Galway bay at the start of the year.

The group is advising volunteers that it's "essential that you have a pair of wellies, a hi-viz jacket and a stick."

Mr Garrett is a Private in the Irish Defence Forces, and members of the Defence Forces are heavily involved in the search.

Anyone who has seen Ben, or who can help find him, is asked to contact Galway garda station on 091-538-000.