The search for trawler bodies expands
Published 21/01/2012 | 15:26
The search for the bodies of three fishermen believed drowned off the coast of Co Cork has been expanded to cover an 18-mile radius.
Garda and Navy dive teams have been searching around the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme trawler since it sank in Glandore Bay last Sunday.
The three missing bodies are those of skipper Michael Hayes, 52, and Egyptian men Wael Mohammed and Saied Ali Eldin.
Six men were on board when the trawler went down - one man survived and two bodies have since been recovered.
A Coast Guard spokesman said while the main focus for divers remains around the area of the wreck, rigid inflatable boats and local fishing trawlers have been deployed to search nearby coastlines stretching 18 miles.
"Weather conditions are fairly favourable for the search today," said the spokesman.
"The main search area will be from the inner harbour to the outer harbour around the wreck, but we will also be expanding out east and west from Galley Head to Toe Head."
The search is likely to continue into the night and the Coast Guard is expected to deploy a remotely operated vehicle and camera to survey the area around the wreck.
The spokesman paid tribute to the many volunteers who have given their time to the search.
"The support we have received from the volunteers cannot be overstated," he said.
"The amount of effort that has been put in to the search has been phenomenal. They have been here all week."
Helicopters from Shannon and Waterford have also been deployed today to scour the coastline.