December 3, 2020
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LATEST: Search for missing fisherman off Hook Head enters fifth day

A search and recovery operation to find a fisherman whose trawler sank off the coast of Hook Head will resume this morning.

It will be the fifth day of the search for Willie Whelan (41) from Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford. She has been missing since the Alize went down at about 10.30pm on Saturday night.

The search for Mr Whelan (pictured below), in an operation coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard, will resume at early light subject to weather conditions.

Naval divers joined the search for Mr Whelan yesterday at the request of gardaí. However, bad delayed the resumption of the search with winds being too high later in the afternoon to allow the R117 helicopter to assist in the operation.

The RNLI lifeboat from Dunmore East was joined by a volunteer crew for Kilmore Quay during the search. Weather conditions at sea were difficult with search crews hampered by strong swells and gale force winds.

A second fisherman who died, Joe Sinnott (65) from Kilmore, Co Wexford, was rescued from the sea but died a short time later in University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

The father-of-four will be laid to rest today following funeral mass at St Mary’s Church, Kilmore.


MAIN PHOTO: RNLI

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