The body was located by civilian divers from the Hook Head Subaqua Club at around 11.30am today. Unfortunately, the divers could not recover the body from what is reported to have been the cabin area of the boat.
It is presumed that the body to be recovered in the the 48hrs, belongs to Mr Willie Whelan 41, from Salthills, Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford, who has been missing since his scallop dredger, the ‘Alize’ sank at around 10.30pm on Saturday, 4 January last.
Mr Whelan was accompanies on board the vessel by friend and crewman, Joe Sinnott. Mr Sinnott was recovered from the sea by Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117, in the early hours of Sunday morning, 5 January. Mr Sinnott died later in University Hospital Waterford.
The ‘Alize’ is lying in 52 metres of water eight nautical miles south of Hook Head.
It is 18 days since Mr Whelan, went missing after his trawler suddenly sank on a fishing trip. Since the a major search had since been underway but bad weather hampered efforts by the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and local fishermen.
The Fishing Daily wish to extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Whelan family, friends and the community of the south-east on their loss. May he rest in peace.