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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Distraught locals raise €4k for family of tragic fisherman

The body of Jamie McAllister was found on Saturday after a rescue effort. Photo: Collins
The body of Jamie McAllister was found on Saturday after a rescue effort. Photo: Collins

Tributes have been pouring in for a young fisherman who lost his life when the boat he and his uncle were working on capsized and sank.

The tight-knit community of Skerries, in north Dublin, has come together to help the family of fisherman Jamie McAllister pay the costs of his funeral.

The body of Mr McAllister (28), from Mourne View in Skerries, was discovered on Saturday after the boat both he and skipper Keith McAllister were fishing off capsized near Skerries harbour on Friday.

The young man has been described as a gentleman and a great person.

"Skerries has had more than it's fair share of tragedies and it's in these hard times we should remember to hold our loved ones close," one local woman wrote on social media.

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"RIP Jamie McAllister you will be missed. Thinking of all his family and friends who are suffering this huge loss. Sending love to you all."

Another wrote: "Gutted to hear this sad news. Thoughts are with the McAllister family."

A fund has been established to help the family raise money to cover the cost of funeral expenses. It had raised more than €4,000 by last night.

"Nobody could prepare his family, friends and loved ones for this sudden loss and our tight-knit community is deeply saddened and affected by this," the donation page said.

"We have set up this go fund me page to offer financial support and assistance to his family to lay Jamie to rest in peace.

Jamie McAllister
Jamie McAllister

"We would really appreciate any financial donation small or big to help cover the funeral cost expense.

"Our sincere gratitude is expressed to one and all for their search, love, support, and efforts over the last couple of days. May Jamie RIP."

Donors offered up to €500 each to help out Mr McAllister's family.

A massive search effort took place on Friday for the missing crewman, who had been clam fishing with his uncle when the boat went down.

Keith was rescued by emergency services personnel.

Despite the mammoth effort, the search operation was wound down as the light faded on Friday night.

When it resumed on Saturday, Jamie's body was found around 500m from the pier at Skerries, after the Marine Institute vessel the Kirby reported a contact on its sonar.

Garda divers went to the location and found the body of the young man.

Mr McAllister's parents, Elaine and Troy, have been described as "heartbroken".

The family has yet to confirm the funeral arrangements for the young man.

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