Saturday 17 February 2018

Young father dies in fishing accident

Fisherman Vincent Wyles
Fisherman Vincent Wyles
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A FATHER of one has died following injuries he sustained while fishing off the south-east coast.

Vincent Wyles (24), from Castlegregory, Co Kerry, was fatally injured in an accident as he worked on board The Liberty, which was fishing 25 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale on Thursday.

He was airlifted to Cork Airport and then on to Cork University Hospital. It is understood Mr Wyles died while still on board the trawler.

He was one of three crew members on the 40ft Dunmore East-based vessel when the alarm was raised at around 6.30pm.

Last night, the tightknit fishing community of The Maherees in west Kerry was coming to terms with the death of the young musician.

His uncle Vincent Browne said he was a "lovely lad" who was dedicated to his partner Amy and their little boy Colm, who was born just two months ago.

"He was a good musician too and used to play the guitar and the banjo with other young fellows in the pubs during the summer," his uncle added.

Mr Wyles was also a qualified blocklayer but had been fishing "on and off" over the past few years.

His uncle described him as very hardworking.

The remaining crew of The Liberty were said to be shocked and traumatised when they arrived into Kinsale under guidance of the Courtmacsharry Lifeboat shortly after 1am yesterday.

In 2007, Tom and Pat Hennessy, also from Castlegregory, died alongside fellow crewmembers Patrick Coady, Billy O'Connor and Andriy Dyrin when the Pere Charles sank off Hook Head in Co Wexford.

Irish Independent

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