Emergency - Supporting David Gavin

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On Friday 30th June, David Gavin from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, was involved in a tragic incident that occurred at Kinbasket Lake Resort near Golden, British Columbia in Canada. David was on his way with his teammates to play for the Vancouver Irish Sporting & Social GAA Club (ISSC) in the Western Canadian Championship, which were due to take place this past weekend in Calgary, Alberta.

A dive team from the Royal Canadian Mountain Police is currently at the lake and the agonising search is continuing to locate David.

David had recently moved to Canada with his girlfriend Ciara, and is 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.

David's family have now arrived from Ireland to Kinbasket Lake, and are now waiting in hope that the divers will be able to recover him.

In order to help David's family, girlfriend Ciara, her family, friends and teammates at this time, we've set up this page in order to raise as much funds as we can to support the search and associated expenses in locating David and getting him home.

Any support at this time, would be greatly appreciated and please keep sharing this fundraising page.

Thank you, from all at ISSC Vancouver.

A note from our friends at Breaffy GAA:
Breaffy GAA are heartbroken to report that our good friend David Gavin is reported missing in Canada following a swimming incident.

We stand with David's family, Girlfriend and his many worried friends and pray that David will be found soon and back in the arms of those who love him so much.

You are all welcome to join us for a special Mass of support at Breaffy GAA Clubhouse on Wednesday 5th of July at 9.30pm

Breaffy GAA would like to also thank Vancouver ISSC for their support of the family and assistance in Canada.
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It is with great relief that we can inform you that David Gavin's body was found on Saturday the 28th of April. Arrangements are currently being made to bring David home to Ireland. This would not have been possible without all of your kindness and generosity. Through your donations we were able to get resources and services that made the search for David successful. Thank you all again for this opportunity to bring David home, we will be eternally grateful.

Angela, Micheal, Aoife and Ciara.
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The family of David Gavin and his Partner, Ciara, have returned home from Canada in the last week, having made the heartbreaking decision to stand down the search for David for the present time. David went missing on 30th June last in Kinbasket Lake Reservoir, British Columbia, when he got into difficulty while jumping from a logging bridge.

Unfortunately the search for David did not yield the positive result that the family and friends had hoped for. The search was hampered to a great extent by poor water visibility in the lake but all possible search options were exhausted over the last few weeks. These included the most up to date high tech sonar technology coordinated by Mike Clement of SAVI Marine Services, Vancouver. Mike, along with Gene & Sandy Ralston from Idaho, USA who had already spent over 2 weeks in July on the original search, returned to the lake with the family in August, to reexamine areas of possible entanglement.
Two canine search teams, Robin Latimer from Oregon and Karen Somerville of Calgary Canine Search Corps were commissioned to attempt to confine the search area. These dogs, who are trained to locate human remains, identified a number of areas of interest. These areas were then resonared and Can-Dive Construction Ltd, a commercial dive team from Vancouver carried out a systematic search of all these locations, which were at depths up to 60 ft. in extremely poor visibility. However, much to the family's dismay, they were unsuccessful at finding David.

The advice from all involved in the search, is for the family to return next May when the water level in the lake reservoir will be at its lowest level. The river channels will then be exposed, with the water depth reduced to 10 ft. This may facilitate identification of David's precise location, which will then, hopefully, bring some closure for family and friends.

"We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing support given to us over the last few months, since David went missing. We have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of people and we would love to be able to thank every single person and group individually. We just want you all to know that without your support, we would not have been in a position to carry out the search to the extent that we did. It has meant such a great deal to us to have the support of the community and for that we will be eternally grateful."

David's two GAA clubs, Breaffy and Vancouver Harps (ISSC) have been absolutely brilliant to us and we want to thank both clubs for their unwavering support throughout. A series of matches in David's memory took place last weekend in Salmon Arm, BC. Teams from all affiliated clubs in Western Canada GAA took part and it was a tremendous success. Fittingly, the men's football was won by David's adopted club, Vancouver Harps and a memorial plaque was presented by David's Partner, Ciara, to the team captain, Geoff Sheridan from Kilmaine. Other Mayomen on the successful team were Paul Sweeney, Castlebar and Emmet Gill, Ballyvary
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Michael, Angela and Ciara have returned to Kinbasket Lake this week. Over the coming week the search, which has been ongoing, will be escalated as Gene and Sandy Ralston from Idaho have made themselves available to return for one more week of underwater searching. "Luce" who is a specialist search dog will fly in again from Oregon along with Luce's handler Robin Lattimer. There will also be a specialist canine search team from Calgary on site over the course of next week who will assist with the search.
"Luce" the specialist search dog flying in from Oregon
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The search at Kinbasket Lake is ongoing. We are currently utilizing all available resources including boats, helicopters, sonar scanning, divers and specialist search and rescue dogs to aid us in the search which has been made possible by all of the donations so far.

For those in Vancouver, the ISSC Vancouver in conjunction with Donnellans Irish Bar are hosting "A Night for David" which will take place on Saturday, 22nd July starting from 5.00 p.m. There will be music from local Irish entertainers, a silent auction and fundraising draws with a number of great prizes up for grabs throughout the evening. Dress code for the evening is a jersey code or county colours so come in your finest colours! The entry fee will be $20.00.

Our friends at Breaffy GAA, have set up a bank account for those clubs, societies or persons who have hosted fundraisers and have coin cheques and cash they may need to lodge or any person who wishes to make a contribution to the David Gavin Emergency support fund the following account is available now.


IBAN No: IE42 BOFI 9037 4443 3284 44.
BIC (Swift) No: BOFIIE2D

Thank you all for your continued support as we continue the search to find David.
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