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Inquest into deaths of five Tit Bonhomme crew members opens today

The fishing vessel sank off the coast of Cork in January last year with just one member of the crew surviving.

Naval Divers off Adam Island in west Cork during the search in January.
Naval Divers off Adam Island in west Cork during the search in January.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Archive

THE INQUEST INTO the deaths of five men, who were crew members on the fishing trawler Tit Bonhomme in January last year, is due to begin today.

The vessel sank near Glandore Harbour in West Cork on 15 January last year leading to the death of five of the six crew members, including the skipper Michael Hayes. Hayes decided to turn the fishing trawler back because of technical difficulties but during the return journey it stranded on an area called Adam’s Island, leading to the vessel breaking up.

An investigation last month into the incident found that fatigue was the biggest factor in the tragedy and that crew were not familiar with operating safety and communications equipment.

The inquest begins at the courthouse on Washington Street in Cork city at 10am and RTÉ reports that the one survivor of the tragedy, Egyptian national Abdelbaky Abdelgawad Mohamed is expected to give evidence.

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