Tuesday 21 November 2017

Parents pray for a miracle in hunt for trawler victims

THE father of a young Dublin man feared drowned off the south coasts says he "could have been a great fisherman".

As the desperate search went on today for Kevin Kershaw and five other seamen, his parents clung to hope that divers will at least recover his body.

Speaking to the Herald from the quayside in Cork's Union Hall, his dad Paddy said that the 21-year-old was "a diamond".

"He shone like a bright light. Everyone who knew him loved him. He had that special shine about him," he said.

The Kershaws' agony was extended into a third day as navy divers again struggled against a large sea swell.

Kevin, from Dromcarra Grove in, Tallaght, is the eldest of four boys and two girls and was on his first ever fishing expedition to raise money so he could go to Australia.

Now it is feared that his body is lying at the bottom of Glandore Bay along with the trawler's captain and three Egyptian workers who were also on the ill-fated Tit Bonhomme.

The 21m French-built vessel was wrecked after running into Adam Island off Glandore Bay at 5.55am on Sunday.


"Who knows...but for this incident he (Kevin) could have been a great fisherman in 10 years' time," Paddy said.

Kevin's devastated mother Margaret fought back tears as she added: "Kevin was a happy-go-lucky kind of lad. But I am not giving up hope -- I am hoping and praying that he can still be found safe."

The miracle that she is hoping for is that he may have managed to make it ashore and become disorientated along an isolated part of the west Cork coast, delaying his discovery.

She said her son had "a heart of gold".

Five years ago, Kevin decided to make Clonakilty his home and he lived with his aunt, Anne, while continuing his studies locally. Until recently, he was a FAS trainee.

The only survivor of Sunday's tragedy -- Abdou Mohamad (40) -- wept yesterday as he visited Union Hall pier to meet the families of his missing crewmates. His younger brother, Wael, is one of the missing crew.


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