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A Garda sub-aqua unit returns with the body of Egyptian crew member Attia Shaban at Union Hall in west Cork last week. Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Search continues for missing fishermen amid worsening conditions

Search teams are attempting to recover two of the five fishermen who went missing when the Tit Bonhomme sank off the coast of Union Hall over a week ago.

THE SEARCH FOR two fishermen who were among a group of five that went missing off the coast of west Cork over a week ago is continuing today.

Coast Guard units and naval dive teams are searching for the skipper of the ‘Tit Bonhomme’ Michael Hayes and Egyptian crewman Saied Ali Eldin. The trawler sank off the coast of Union Hall on Sunday, 15 January with six fishermen on board.

While Abdou Mohammed survived the sinking in the treacherous weather conditions his brother Wael Mohammed and fellow Egyptian Attia Shaban perished as did Kevin Kershaw. The bodies of those three men have been recovered over the past week in the Glandore Bay area.

A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard confirmed that a search remains ongoing this afternoon for Hayes and Ali Eldin.

“The conditions aren’t great, visibility is down to about three miles but we’re hoping for a slight improvement in the afternoon,” he said.

Coast Guard units from various local stations are co-ordinating the search with dive teams from the navy and gardaí also involved. A Coast Guard helicopter will also be operation later today.

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