Search for missing fisherman suspended until morning

The trawler ALIZE went missing off Hook Head. Pic; trawlerphotos.co.uk

The naval vessel LÉ Ciara, Irish CoastGuard, RNLI and fishermen have retired for the night following a day-long search for a 41 year old fisherman from Fethard-on-Sea who was one of a crew of two on board the trawler ‘ALIZE’ when it sank south of Hook Head around 10.30 pm last night.

The fisherman who was recovered from the sea and conveyed to University Hospital Waterford died a short time later. He is father of four Joe Sinnott, (65), from Seaview, Kilmore Quay, who was an experienced and highly respected fisherman.

Waterford-based Helicopter R117 was tasked by Coast Guard in Dublin for an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) activated in the vicinity of Hook Head. Immediately on arrival, four nautical miles from Duncannon, two small lights were identified in the water. First light was the EPIRB, they then proceeded to second light and commenced winching a person from the water. Casualty recovered to awaiting ambulances at Waterford Regional Airport and R117 returned to commence search for second casualty. Rescue 116 took over the air search early this morning and Rescue 117 later returned to recommence its part in the ongoing search.

The naval vessel LÉ Ciara arrived at the scene earlier today and took command of the operation. RNLI crews from Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Fethard also took part in the search assisted by many local fishing boats.

Some debris from the stricken vessel was recovered from the sea, including the EPIRB, while diesel was also found on the water.

The ‘ALIZE’, which is registered as operating out of Duncannon, is an 11.7 metre steel-hulled UK-built vessel, was fishing for scallops for 36 hours and was returning to port when the vessel went missing.

The search will re-commence in the morning; however, weather is expected to worsen overnight with poor conditions forecast for tomorrow, and that is expected to have an impact on the search.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. JOSEPH (Joe) SINNOTT, Seaview, Kilmore, January 4, 2020, Joseph (Joe), beloved husband of Mary and loving father of Michael, Siobhan, Bernie and Bridget, sadly missed by his family, brother, sister, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. R. I. P.

 Reposing in Mulligans Funeral Home, the Faythe, Wexford on Monday and Tuesday from 3 pm until 8 pm. Funeral prayers on Wednesday at 11.15 am followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church Kilmore for funeral Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the New Cemetery Kilmore. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the RNLI.

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