Belfast Telegraph

Bodies recovered from trawler site

Divers searching for five fishermen missing after their trawler sank off the coast of Co Cork have recovered two bodies.

The remains of Kevin Kershaw, a 21-year-old student from Dublin, and Attia Shaban, 26, one of four Egyptian crew on the Tit Bonhomme, were found near Adam's Island at the mouth of Glandore Harbour.

There were emotional scenes as family, friends and relatives of the two men were notified and asked to identify the two men on the pier at Union Hall.

A large group of Egyptians, who have been in the Glandore area since the tragedy, gathered and offered Muslim prayers for almost 10 minutes.

Mr Shaban is understood to have been living in Ireland for about two years but it is not believed he had any relatives living with him.

Mr Kershaw, who was from Tallaght, south Dublin, but who had been living with an aunt in Clonakilty, Co Cork, was interested in taking up a career at sea. The doomed trip was his first time working at sea.

Local parish priest Fr Michael Curran said the tragedy had deeply touched people in Union Hall and around the country.

"These are very tough and very sad days," he said. "We are all deeply touched by the event. We are also amazed by the commitment of people to work through it, to try and rescue the people lost at sea."

The recovery of the two bodies came on the fifth day of a massive land and sea search operation in Glandore bay. The Navy, Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and a dozen trawlers were all involved.

Garda divers located the body of Mr Shaban at around 9.45am close to the wreck while Navy divers, who returned to the same scene, found the remains of Mr Kershaw around 12.20pm. Mr Kershaw's body was taken aboard the naval vessel LE Niamh before being taken ashore at Union Hall Pier on a rigid inflatable boat.


From Belfast Telegraph