Friday 23 June 2017

Body found in shoreline search for missing Tit Bonhomme fishermen in Cork

Naval divers pictured near the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme
The 'Tit Bonhomme'
Survivor Abdou Mohamad at Union Hall

Independent.ie reporters

A BODY has been found during a shoreline search for two fishermen missing from the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme trawler in Union Hall Cork.

The body was found by searchers along the coastline shortly before lunchtime today. It is believed local Garda sergeant Tom Hayes, who is a brother of missing skipper Michael Hayes, made the discovery.



The two fishermen still missing were skipper and father-of-five, Michael Hayes (52), from Helvick Head in Co Waterford, and Egyptian crewman Saied aly Eldin (24), Their trawler went down at the entrance to Glandore Bay in adverse conditions on January 15, as the trawler returned from a fishing trip.







Abdou Mohamad (40), a father of three from outside Alexandria in Egypt, was the only member of the trawler's six-strong crew to survive.



Three of the five drowned crewmen -- Shabban Attia (26), Kevin Kershaw (21) and Wael Mohamad (32) -- have since been recovered.



The last body before today’s discovery was recovered over two weeks ago on January 22.



The discovery follows the scaling back of the search to a more localised one earlier this week.







At the weekend over 60 experienced divers and kayakers answered the families' plea for volunteers and conducted an exhaustive search.



Mr Hayes's wife, Cailin, who had made a plea for experienced divers to join the search had said the families were refusing to give up hope of finding their loved ones bodies.

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