The search has resumed this morning off the east coast for a man missing since Wednesday.

John Gear, 50, was last seen in the Knockboy area on the outskirts of Waterford city early on Wednesday morning.

He is 1.65m tall, of medium/stocky build, with grey well-kept hair.

He was last seen wearing a navy coloured Waterford County Council bomber jacket and blue denim jeans.

Mr Gear drives a 08 WD registered Silver Toyota Auris Hatchback.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen the car being driven in the Waterford city, Tramore, or Dunmore East areas on Monday or Tuesday to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051-305300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.