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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dad's anguish as he scans sea for tragic son

THE grief-stricken father of missing Kevin Kershaw searches the seas where the Dubliner was last seen.

Paddy (pictured) and Margaret Kershaw, parents of the young trawlerman, were united in sorrow with the family of missing skipper Michael Hayes.

The families asked to be allowed to the spot at Adams Island, off Union Hall in Cork, where the Tit Bonhomme trawler sank.

Paddy Kershaw said his personal belief is that the men were trapped in the cabin of the ship. "I believe the lads were in their beds," said the father of Tallaght-born Kevin.

Mr Kershaw also said one media report of the entire crew linking hands in the wheelhouse "doesn't make any sense".

"If the bodies are in the hull -- as I believe they are -- that will speak for itself," he said.

As heartbroken Kathleen and Dervla Hayes, wife and daughter of missing captain Michael Hayes, made the journey, family members of three Egyptian men also feared dead on the ill-fated fishing trawler held a vocal prayer service on the quayside.

Any hope of the five missing men being found alive is now minuscule and rescue officials are in a desperate race against time to get divers on to the wreck.

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