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Body found in the sea is missing fisherman

The recovery of a missing fisherman's body more than a month after he was lost at sea has brought bittersweet relief to his heartbroken family and friends, rescuers said.

Hundreds of residents, trawlermen, emergency services and lifeboat volunteers have searched for father-of-four John Ennis (64) every day since he disappeared on February 18.

His body was spotted in the water by crew on a car ferry from Ballyhack, Co Wexford -- where Mr Ennis lived -- and Passage East in Co Waterford.

Michael Hickey, of the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, said there was "bittersweet" relief across the close-knit community that Mr Ennis could finally be given a proper burial.

Mr Ennis was working on a boat when it went down about 100m from the shore near Duncannon, Co Wexford last month.

The boat's skipper managed to make it ashore as it sank.

Mr Ennis is survived by his wife Mai and his four daughters.

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