Belfast Telegraph

Fishermen search to resume Monday

The search for two missing fishermen feared drowned in the Irish Sea will resume at first light on Monday.

A massive search operation has been under way since Friday night for Ronan Browne and David Gilsenan who vanished off Skerries, north Dublin, while fishing for lobster.

A team of naval divers and the Garda underwater unit will join Coast Guard crews, RNLI volunteers and local boats going back out on the water.

Teams including gardai will also be tasked to comb beaches and shore lines from 7am.

A spokeswoman for the RNLI said the search was called off for the evening as weather conditions deteriorated.

"Weather conditions for tomorrow morning will be more favourable for the search to continue," she said.

The men's 17ft open-top fishing boat was located overturned five miles south-east of Clogherhead 24 hours later - 12 miles north from where debris from the boat was recovered. Rescue crews believe the lobster boat capsized off Colt Island before drifting in high winds and swells.

Mr Browne, 25, who married his wife Linda in September, had recently bought the boat which he named the Lady Linda.

He and his close friend were experienced seamen who are qualified marine engineers and originally from Skerries.

Mr Gilsenan, 41, and his wife Suzanne have two young children, aged six and nine, and live in the nearby village of Rush.

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