Saturday 18 November 2017

Coastal communities once more left facing a void

THE very stones on the Waterford shoreline cry out in grief for the loss of the three Bolger brothers to the sea. The tragic loss of the three popular family men from Passage East adds to the litany of tragic loss of life from fishing boat tragedies all around the coast in recent years. The fates have once more reserved some of their cruellest twists for the treacherous waters off our beautiful south coast.

The tragedy off Dunmore East has convulsed the close-knit fishing community in grief. It carries echoes of the loss of five fishermen at the mouth of Glandore Harbour, in West Cork, in January 2012. It has again revived the tragic memories of the five men who died when the Pere Charles, based in Dunmore East, sank in rough seas off the south east coast back in January 2007.

In between there have been other tragic sea incidents which claimed lives. We must avoid all judgments on this latest tragedy until the fullest of inquiries are concluded.

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