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Search at Cork trawler site suspended for the night

The search for the five fishermen missing off the West Cork coast will resume at first light.

Garda divers prepare for a dive as the search continues for five people who went missing after the Tit Bonhomme trawler struck rocks and sunk in Cork in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Garda divers prepare for a dive as the search continues for five people who went missing after the Tit Bonhomme trawler struck rocks and sunk in Cork in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE SEARCH FOR five missing men off  the West Cork coast has been called off for the night, and will resume again at first light.

Weather conditions improved today, allowing safe access for naval and garda divers to search at the site of the sunken trawler the Tit Bonhommme.

Weather conditions yesterday prevented divers from attempting to reach the site of the vessel although naval divers did complete some dives in the bay at Union Hall, known as Glandore Bay.

The ship sank on Sunday morning with Michael Hayes, 52, Kevin Kershaw, 21, as well as Egyptian nationals Wael Mohammed, Saied Ali Eldin and Attia Shaban all missing.

Wael’s elder brother Abdou survived the disaster and was yesterday at the harbour in Union Hall along with other members of the Egyptian community who have gathered in the area.

Read: Rescuers hope to continue search for five fishermen off Cork coast>

Read: Deteriorating sea conditions hamper search for Tit Bonhomme fishermen>

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