Hundreds attend removal of boat-fire victim
HUNDREDS attended the removal last night of Richard Harman (69), the retired farmer who died in a motor cruiser tragedy off the west Cork coast alongside two of his friends.
The family of Mr Harman and the two Germans who died, Wolfgang 'Mike' Schmidt (64), and Wolfgang Schroder (60), asked that, instead of flowers, mourners make donations to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
The gesture is aimed at thanking rescue officials who responded so quickly and heroically to last Monday's tragedy off Roancarriag Lighthouse near Berehaven.
Mr Harman's funeral service will take place at 2pm today in St Brendan's Church of Ireland in Bantry and he will then be buried in the Old Cemetery in Adrigole.
Mr Schmidt and Mr Schroder will be buried on Monday following a joint service.
It has also emerged that Mr Schroder received international praise in 1987 for his efforts to save lives following the Zeebrugge ferry disaster.
His vessel was one of the first on the scene after the cross-channel ferry capsized -- and his efforts helped save dozens of lives.
West Cork locals have stressed that, but for the prompt response of the Irish Coastguard and RNLI last Monday, a fourth man, American Edward Dziato (46), may not have survived the tragedy.