Vessel fault ruled out in trawler tragedy
AN INVESTIGATION into a trawler tragedy that claimed five lives has found no evidence of a major mechanical or structural problem with the fishing vessel involved, writes Ralph Riegel.
The probe into the cause of the 'Tit Bonhomme' tragedy in west Cork last year is now focused on navigational equipment and precisely when the crew realised their trawler was heading straight for a rocky island.
The 14-month probe by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) is ongoing, but an Irish Independent source has indicated that the report will be finalised shortly. The families involved are expected to be briefed on its conclusions before it is published.
The 'Tit Bonhomme', a 21-metre French built trawler, sank on January 15, 2012, when it struck Adam Island at the entrance to Glandore Bay as it raced to port ahead of a storm. Just one member of the six-strong crew, Egyptian national Abdou Mohamad, managed to scramble to safety.