The family of missing Bray man Séamus Lawless is hoping to raise €750,000 in order to fund a search for the Trinity College professor.
Seamus went missing on Mount Everest on Thursday and a GoFundMe page has been set up to reach the goal. A post on the page explains that:
'It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Lawless family have had to set up this GoFundMe page to ask for donations.
'The insurance company that had provided a policy for Séamus (Shay) are currently not providing assistance with the search and rescue. 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.'
Since it was created yesterday, the appeal has raised €115,000 at the time of writing. If you wish to contribute, you can do so via this link.