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Ireland Divers recover body of missing fisherman off Wexford coast

17:20  22 january  2020
17:20  22 january  2020 Source:   thejournal.ie

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William Willie Whelan. © The Journal William Willie Whelan. THE BODY OF missing fisherman William ‘Willie’ Whelan has been recovered off the Wexford coast.

The 41-year-old from Saltmills, Co Wexford, disappeared when his trawler, the Alize, an 11.7-metre steel-hulled vessel, sank off Hook Head on 4 January at around 10.45pm.

His body was found at 11.30am today by Hook Sub Aqua divers inside his boat. His remains will be taken to University Hospital Waterford.

A second fisherman, who died in hospital after being rescued, Joe Sinnott, 65, from Kilmore Quay, was laid to rest last week.

The two men were close friends as well as work colleagues.

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Both men had impeccable safety records around trawlers and when out fishing.

The emergency services were alerted to the vessel being in trouble when the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated.

The emergency beacon is activated once a vessel goes underwater.

Fr Michael Doyle, hospital chaplain at Wexford General Hospital said prayers for the missing man at Hook Lighthouse last week, and a large number of people attended.

Fr Doyle prayed for Mr Whelan’s family, relatives of Mr Sinnott and for volunteer groups who continue to search amid challenging weather conditions.

Volunteers continued to carry out coastal searches for Whelan who only married several weeks ago.

The search concentrated on an area about 9km off Hook Head, under the guidance of the LÉ Ciara naval vessel.

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An off duty garda has died after getting into difficulty in a search for a missing fisherman off the Wexford coast this afternoonCredit: Getty "A male diver , mid 40s, was recovered from the water in a critical condition and airlifted to Waterford Regional Airport. "The body was then taken to Waterford

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The Waterford based Sikorsky R117 helicopter along with R116 based in Dublin also assisted when possible.

A spokesperson for the Whelan family said:

Thank you again to each and every one of you. I literally can’t put into words how grateful the Whelan family are. Let’s get William home.

Mr Whelan hailed from a well-known fishing family in Co Wexford.

Up to 50 volunteers took part in the ongoing searches and it still remains a mystery what happened to the trawler which has yet to be recovered.

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