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Friday 24 November 2017

Dad's heartache as body of Kevin (21) found

THE father of the Tit Bonhomme trawler tragedy's youngest victim believes his son could have helped change the world.

Dubliner Paddy Kershaw (pictured) says that identifying the body of his son Kevin (21), in a temporary morgue on the Union Hall pier in west Cork, was the toughest thing he has ever had to do.

Kevin was one of five crewmen missing from the 21m trawler, which was wrecked last Sunday morning off west Cork.

His was the second of two bodies recovered by Naval Service and Garda divers yesterday in Glandore Bay.

The body of Egyptian fisherman Shaban Attia (26) was found in a deep rock pool not far from the wrecked trawler, less than three hours before Kevin's body was found.

Divers were today hoping to find the remains of the trawler's skipper, Michael Hayes, and two other Egyptian men.

Mr Kershaw said that his family had been overwhelmed with messages of sympathy and support -- and this kindness had kept them going.

"If you knew Kevin, you'd know he was going to do good things with his life -- Kevin connected with people. They'd hang on to him because they realised he was a good person," he said.

Kevin was one of six children who lived at Dromcarra Grove in Tallaght.

"He was a star -- he would never do anyone a bad turn. He was going to help change the world. His personality is what I will always remember him for," Paddy added.

"I am heartbroken -- absolutely heartbroken. But I am relieved that at least we got Kevin's body back so we can give him a decent burial."

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