Thursday 22 March 2018

Brother recovers captain's remains

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THEY refused to give up hope, and almost four weeks after the sinking of the Tit Bonhomme trawler on January 15, its missing skipper's body was recovered from the sea yesterday by his older brother.

The body of father-of-five Michael Hayes (52), from Helvick Head in Co Waterford, was spotted in Glandore Bay, Co Cork, by Civil Defence volunteers -- and the first boat at the scene was owned by Niall Deasy and manned by Chief Supt Tom Hayes, the skipper's brother.

Chief Supt Hayes has participated in the exhaustive search every day, supported by his brother's wife, Caitlin, and several of their five children as well as off-duty garda colleagues.

The distraught mother was on the Union Hall pier as Mr Hayes remains were brought ashore shortly before 3pm.

"We said they (the two missing men) were in the bay -- that's what we said from the start," Mrs Hayes said.

Mr Hayes's body was found in waters known locally as Prison Cove on the Glandore village side near the mouth of the bay.

Irish Coast Guard official John Draper said the remains were recovered shortly after 12.30pm.

"We would like to thank everyone who has supported the search operation and our family, the support has been overwhelming," said Chief Supt Hayes.

He added that everyone was now praying that the sole remaining missing crewman would be found.

There were emotional scenes in Union Hall as search officials and volunteers offered support to the family of Saied Aly Eldin (24).

There was only one survivor of the tragedy, Egyptian father-of-three Abdou Mohamad (40).

Irish Independent

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