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Search for two fishermen off Cork coast to continue

The bodies of three of the five fishermen who went missing off the coast of west Cork over a week ago have already been recovered.

Trawlers and small boats taking part in the search off the coast of Union Hall in west Cork
Trawlers and small boats taking part in the search off the coast of Union Hall in west Cork
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE SEARCH FOR two fishermen who went missing off the coast of west Cork over a week ago will continue today with three bodies already recovered from the sunken trawler.

Divers yesterday recovered the body of 32-year-old Egyptian crewmen Wael Mohammed having already recovered the bodies of Kevin Kershaw and Attia Shaban last Thursday in the Glandore Bay area.

The trawler - the Tit Bonhomme - sank early on Sunday, 15 January with six fishermen on board. Abdou Mohammed, Wael’s brother, survived the sinking off the coast of Union Hall.

This morning, coast guard units including its helicopter and naval and garda dive teams are expected to continue to search for skipper Michael Hayes and Egyptian crewman Saied Ali Eldin.

Conditions are described as “okay” this morning but they are expected to deteriorate as  the week progresses.

A spokesman for the Valentia Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie there would be “not let up” in the search today and that teams have been encouraged by their progress in already recovering the bodies of three of the five fishermen.

Yesterday: Third body found in Cork search

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