Tuesday 24 October 2017

Grieving dad plans US memorial service for gifted son

Laura Lynott

THE heartbroken father of a talented IT worker who drowned after falling overboard during a sailing lesson in New York was last night making final preparations to see his son for the last time after his body was finally identified.

Eoin Curran (30) vanished into deep waters off the coast of Long Island, New York, on Sunday July 25 as a severe storm raged.

The young internet worker, from Templeogue in Dublin, plunged overboard during his first sailing lesson with the New York Sailing School in New Rochelle when 70mph winds capsized a 23ft boat.

The US Coastguard recovered his body on Saturday. His family was last night making final arrangements to fly to the US to collect his remains.

"Yes, they found Eoin. We will be travelling to New York to hold a memorial service for him," Eoin's father John Curran said.

Despite the family's loss, Mr Curran said he was relieved Eoin's body had been found.

Mr Curran, a Trinity College graduate, previously worked for internet giant Google in Dublin.

Dr Siobhan Clarke, a lecturer in computer science at TCD, described him as the most talented student she had ever taught.

Mr Curran was one of three first-time sailing students on the boat when the high winds struck. He was not wearing a lifejacket when he fell into water around three-quarters of a mile off Premium Point in New Rochelle, Long Island.

US law does not require that a lifejacket be worn, just for all boats to carry them.

An instructor also tumbled into the water but was able to swim back to safety on the boat. He threw a float into the water in a bid to save Mr Curran but lost sight of him in poor visibility.

Mr Curran, who formerly ran a successful internet business with his brother Darragh, had only been living in Brooklyn, New York, for a few months before the tragedy struck.

His father John quickly made it a priority that the talented computer worker would be remembered.

He said it was "important" that he speak about his son.

"He had so many friends around the world who would like to read all the nice things he did. He was extremely talented and I miss him so much," he said.

Irish Independent

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