August 8, 2022

LATEST: Bad weather to hamper rescue operation for missing fisherman

The serach operation for a fisherman who has been missing after a trawler sank off the coast of Waterford on Saturday night will resume at first light this morning.

RNLI crews, the Coast Guard, naval vessels and other local boats will continue the search for 41-year-old Willie Whelan (pictured above), an experienced fisherman from Saltmills in county Wexford.

Joe Sinnott (pictured below), who was 65 and from the Kilmore area, died at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) after being rescued from the water by rescue crews after the Alize trawler sunk off the coast of Hook Head.

The rescue operation will get underway at first light, but attempts to find Mr Whelan will be hampered by bad weather. There were heavy showers and high winds overnight and a Status Yellow warning issued by Met Éireann remains in place for both Waterford and Wexford.

The naval vessel LÉ Ciara arrived at the scene yesterday to took command of the operation.

The R116 helicopter based in Dublin along with the Waterford-based R117 helicopter also assisted in the seach.

Some debris from the stricken vessel was recovered from the sea and diesel was also found on the water.

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