The body of missing Sligo man Justin Flannery (26) has been found following a search operation in Switzerland.

Mr Flannery was touring the country last weekend when it is believed he fell into a river in Lauterbrunnen, a village in the Swiss Alps, and was swept away.

An extensive search operation was conducted by Swiss search and rescue teams in recent days and members of his family flew to Switzerland in the hope of locating Justin.

According to the Irish Independent, in a statement issued by the Bern Canton’s police force on Tuesday, it confirmed they had located the body of a “26-year-old Irish tourist”. The police said Justin’s body was recovered from the Lutschine river on Monday evening.

A GoFundMe set up by Justin’s twin-brother, Johnathan, to raise funds for specialist equipment to search the river had raised over €60,000 by Tuesday evening.

Justin was a native of Bunninadden in Sligo.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance to the family. “As with all consular cases, the Department does not comment on the details of any specific case.”


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