IrelandTrinity College to hold candlelit vigil for missing professor Seamus Lawless as fundraising campaign raises over €100,000 in under a day
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Trinity College have hold a candlelit vigil this evening for a staff member who has been reported missing after reaching the peak of Mount Everest.
Seamus Lawless, 39, went missing after he reportedly fell from an altitude of 8,300 metres on Thursday morning.
The married dad-of-one had been following a lifelong dream to scale the world's highest peak while raising €25,000 for children's charity Barretstown.
Search now a recovery operation for missing Trinity College professor on Mount Everest
The search for the missing Irish climber on Mount Everest has now been classified as a recovery operation. Father-of-one Seamus Lawless (39), from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell at an altitude of 8,300 metres while descending from the world’s highest peak.
The Bray man's colleagues will hold the vigil in the Long Room Hub from 8:15pm.
In a statement, Trinity College said: "Together as a community who knows Shay for his spirit and kindness, his strength and his resilience, and above all for his dreams and visions, we want to light a candle together to not lose sight of the light itself and to carry our hopes and thoughts as far as only light can carry them."
The academic's family have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the search and rescue.
The campaign has raised over €100,000 since it launched yesterday.
His family said: "The insurance company that had provided a policy for Séamus (Shay) are currently not providing assistance with the search and rescue.
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Deputy premier Simon Coveney said the authorities would offer financial or organisational support to help find Seamus Lawless.
"Shay achieved his lifelong dream on the morning of Thursday 15th May when he reached the peak of Mount Everest.
"Tragically, on his descent, Shay fell and has been missing since.
"With the weekend upon us, we, the family of Shay, have been left with no other option but to ask for assistance in raising funds to gather a team of expert Sherpas to locate and bring our beloved Shay home to Ireland.
"Time is of the essence in the search mission and the costs of running this mission are substantial."
The family added they have very little information about what happened to Shay or his current location.
They added: "It is our priority to locate him and bring him home and we appreciate all the support that can be offered as we face this hugely challenging situation."
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