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Ireland Complex dive operation resumes to recover body of missing Wexford fisherman Willie Whelan

17:00  24 january  2020
17:00  24 january  2020 Source:   independent.ie

Divers recover body of missing fisherman off Wexford coast

  Divers recover body of missing fisherman off Wexford coast Two men were aboard the Alize when it sank off Hook Head on 4 January.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.

A body was found yesterday by divers searching for missing fisherman Willie Whelan . A joint operation is taking place today between the Navy, Irish Coast Guard and gardaí to recover the body from the wreck of the Alize.

A body has been found as divers continued to search for missing fisherman Willie Whelan (41) who was on board the Alize The second fisherman who died in the tragedy was Joe Sinnott (65) from Kilmore, Co Wexford . His body was winched from the sea shortly after the incident but died a short

a person sitting at a table posing for the camera: Willie Whelan Willie Whelan

NAVAL Service and Garda divers resumed a complex dive operation at first light today on the seabed off Hook Head to recover the body of missing Wexford fisherman William 'Willie' Whelan (41) from the wreckage of the trawler Alize.

Dive experts confirmed a body has been spotted by the wrecked 12 metre vessel but recovering the remains is now set to prove a hugely challenging task given the depth involved and the amount of debris scattered around the trawler.

The operation is being led by specialist Naval Service divers who staged numerous dives at the site yesterday.

They are being assisted by members of the Garda Underwater Unit and experienced members of Wexford Sub Aqua Clubs with the Coast Guard providing support on site.

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THE BODY OF missing fisherman William ‘ Willie ’ Whelan has been recovered off the Wexford coast. The 41-year-old from Saltmills, Co Wexford Naval Diving Section received a request from An Garda Síochána to join the operation which was yesterday categorised as a search and recovery

Fisherman Willie Whelan has been missing since the trawler went missing off Hook Head on Remains have been found in the search for the missing fisherman off the Wexford coastCredit One man was recovered from the water and taken to University Hospital Waterford but died on Sunday.

Divers are using the Irish Lights Vessel Granuaile as an operations platform with dives, to date, focused on clearing a path to the interior compartments of the wrecked trawler to allow the remains to be safely accessed and recovered.

Clearance dives continued until being suspended yesterday evening.

Further dives today are planned to prepare for the recovery of the body.

The Naval Service has assigned to LE James Joyce to support the recovery operation.

Mr Whelan and his friend, Joseph 'Joe' Sinnott (65), died when their trawler Alize foundered around 8km off Hook Head on January 4.

Mr Sinnott was located in the sea and recovered a few hours after the sinking but died shortly after being airlifted to University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

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Members of the Garda sub-aqua unit have carried out a dive operation to the wreck of the Alize trawler as the search for missing fisherman Willie Whelan Navy divers have carried out extensive work in the area where the Alize sank, about nine nautical miles off Hook Head in Co Wexford , to establish

A BODY , BELIEVED to be that of missing fisherman William ‘ Willie ’ Whelan , has been located off the Wexford coast. The 41-year-old from Saltmills, Co Fr Michael Doyle, hospital chaplain at Wexford General Hospital said prayers for the missing man at Hook Lighthouse last week, and a large number

The search operation has been hampered by weather conditions off the Wexford coast for the past 20 days.

Recovery officials warned that gaining access to the sunken trawler will prove a very challenging task with dive teams now trying to make the most of a window of reasonable weather conditions.

Special remotely operated underwater vehicles have been used by divers to scan the seabed in the area where the 12 metre trawler Alize foundered.

The search operation has also been supported by the Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter and the Air Corps CASA marine surveillance aircraft.

The sinking of the Alize was detected when the trawler's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) suddenly triggered.

A massive air and sea rescue operation was launched and Mr Sinnott was recovered from the sea.

Tragically the father of four died in UHW shortly after being airlifted there. Mr Sinnott's Requiem Mass took place in Kilmore with his son, Michael, saying "the spirit" of his father was now trying to guide the recovery operation for his great friend, Willie Whelan.

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Gardaí are investigating reports that a body has been found by a civilian diver taking part in the search off the southeast coast for missing fisherman Willie Whelan . It is likely that divers from both the Naval Service and the Garda Water Unit will have to attempt to get into the trawler, the Alize

A body has been found in the search for missing fisherman William “ Willie ” Whelan off the Wexford coast. Mr Whelan , hailed from a well-known fishing family in Co Wexford . Up to 50 volunteers took part in the searches and it is unknown what happened to the trawler which has yet to be recovered .

Mr Whelan, who is from Fethard-on-Sea, only got married five months ago.

Both men were vastly experienced fishermen and great friends.

They were scallop fishing on the 12 metre trawler when it suddenly sank off Hook Head.

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