Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dad still hopeful son will be found

Naval divers at the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme, off Adam's Island
Naval divers at the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme, off Adam's Island

Georgina O'Halloran

THE father of missing fisherman Said Alialdin said yesterday that he was overwhelmed by the help and support he was receiving from the community at Union Hall.

The grief-stricken father of five remains hopeful the body of his eldest son will be found.

"I am hopeful Said will come back," said Mohmed Alialdin, at the quayside in the west Cork fishing village.

The 24-year-old Egyptian crewman and skipper Michael Hayes (52) are now the only two still missing after the 21-metre French-built vessel sank in stormy seas on January 15 after striking rocks off Adam Island at the entrance to Glandore Bay.

The bodies of Kevin Kershaw (21) and Attia Shaban (26) were recovered on Thursday.

The body of Wael Mohamad (32) was discovered on Sunday morning, less than 100 metres from the wreck.

Yesterday, retired fisherman Bill Deasy, who worked out of Union Hall for more than 40 years and who has been involved in the search, said it was the "worst tragedy" to happen in the fishing port in his lifetime.

Speaking on Union Hall pier Mr Alialdin's cousin, Ali Alialdin said Said's mother, Aziza, was finding it very difficult.

"She is crying all the time," he said.

Gehad Elbastawisy, who came to Union Hall yesterday to visit the Egyptian families affected by the tragedy on behalf of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin, said the support they were receiving there reminded them of home.

Mr Kershaw's requiem Mass will take place tomorrow at 12 midday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the west Cork town.

Meanwhile, the bodies of Egyptian fishermen, Mr Shaban and Mr Mohamad, are expected to be brought back to Egypt to be buried, within the next 24 hours.

Irish Independent

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