Belfast Telegraph

Bodies of two fishermen recovered

The bodies of two fishermen who have been missing for over a week have been recovered off the Irish coast.

Newlywed Ronan Browne, 26, and David Gilsenan, 41, vanished last Friday when fishing for lobster off Skerries, north Dublin.

After extensive efforts to find the men, it has been confirmed that a vessel had discovered their bodies trapped in their fishing gear.

RNLI Operations Officer David McMyler confirmed the bodies were brought ashore after they were found at around 2am on Saturday and were subsequently identified as being those of the missing men.

"On behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Marine I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to members of the Browne and Gilsenan families," he said.

The bodies were found approximately six miles off Clogherhead in Co Louth.

The crew of the Clogherhead lifeboat and members of the naval vessel LE Ciara assisted the crew members in the recovery, before the bodies were taken to Port Oreal and handed over to police at around 3am.

Rescue crews believe their 17ft open-top fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the Skerries Islands before drifting north in high winds and swells.

Mr Browne lived in Skerries with his wife of six months, Linda.

Mr Gilsenan and his wife Suzanne have two young children, aged six and nine, and live in the nearby village of Rush.

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