Sunday 17 December 2017

Divers recover final body in trawler hunt

The body of a fisherman missing since a trawler sank almost a month ago has been recovered.

A team of divers found the body of Egyptian deckhand Saied Ali Eldin close to where the Tit Bonhomme went down on January 15, claiming five lives.

The 23-year-old was the last crew member to be recovered in Glandore Bay, off west Cork.

A Coast Guard team was due to take his body to shore at Union Hall, where his father, Mohammed, has been holding a vigil.

The Tit Bonhomme sank after hitting Adam's Island at the entrance to Glandore Bay in stormy seas on the way back to shore after a three-day prawn fishing trip. There was one survivor, Egyptian fisherman Abdul Mohammed.

The bodies of three other crew members -- Kevin Kershaw (21), originally from Dublin but who had been living in Clonakilty and was on his first deep sea fishing trip, and Egyptians Attea Shaban (26), and Wael Mohammed (35) -- were recovered in the following days.

The body of skipper Michael Hayes, brother of Bandon-based Superintendent Tom Hayes, was discovered lastWednesday.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar commended the Irish Coast Guard and other agencies, along with the local people of West Cork and Bunmahon, for their search for the five men.


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