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Non strangers to tragedy at sea

TRAGEDY at sea is nothing new for the community of Dunmore East.

* In January 2007, the Pere Charles sank off Hook Head, claiming the lives of five crew members.

All five drowned as the trawler was heading home towards Dunmore East on January 10, 2007.

They were skipper Tom Hennessey, his uncle Pat Hennessey, Patrick Cody, Billy O'Connor and Andrea Dyrin.

The boat was raised the following November (right) but the bodies of the men have never been recovered.

* Just a day after the Pere Charles sank, the Honeydew II was hit by a monster wave off Mine Head, Co Waterford, in the early hours of January 11.

Skipper Ger Bohan tried in vain to keep his three crewmen – Viktor Losev, Vladimir Kostyr and Tomasz Jagla – safe and radioed for help as the trawler sank. The bodies of Ger Bohan and Tomasz Jagla were never recovered.

* The Maggie B sank on March 30, 2006 off Tuskar Rock, near Dunmore East.

Skipper Glenn Cott (30) and Jan Sankowski (45) lost their lives while a third crewman, Krzysztof Pawtowski, survived. The two bodies have never been recovered.

* In January last year, five men drowned off Union Hall in Cork when their French-built trawler, Tit Bonhomme, struck rocks and sank.

Those who died included skipper Michael Hayes (52), Tallaght native Kevin Kershaw (21), who was on his first fishing trip, and three Egyptians – Wael Mohamad (32), Shaban Attia (26) and Saied aly Eldin (24).

Only one crewman survived the tragedy, Egyptian national Abdou Mohamad (41).

The bodies of the five drowned men were recovered after a four-week search.