This morning’s search for missing Wexford fisherman, Mr William Whelan had been delayed due to poor weather conditions.
Mr Whelan was one of two fishermen on board the MFV ‘Alize’ that is believed to have sunk six nautical miles south-south-west of Hook Head on Saturday night.
It is not known what has led to the sinking of the scallop dredger. A weather related incident has been ruled out as the sea conditions was described as moderate. Local fishermen in the area have said the ‘Alize’, which belonged to Mr Whelan was well maintained by the skipper.
The other crew member onboard on Saturday night was Mr Joseph Sinnott.
He was recovered from the sea in an unconscious state by Irish Coast Guard helicopter R117 in the early hours of Sunday morning. The helicopter immediately flew Mr Synott to awaiting ambulances at Waterford Airport where he was transferred to University Hospital Waterford. Unfortunately, Mr Sinnott passed away later that morning as a result of his time in the sea.
Mr Sinnott (65) of Seaview, Kilmore, Co Wexford remains are reposing at Mulligans Funeral Home, the Faythe, Wexford today (Tuesday) from 3.00pm until 8.00pm. Funeral prayers on Wednesday at 11.15am followed by removal to St Mary’s Church, Kilmore for funeral mass at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery Kilmore. It has been requested for family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the RNLI.
As the search continues for Mr Whelan (41), it was hoped that improving weather conditions by mid-week would allow the location of the wreck of the ‘Alize’, which is believed to be in 52m of water, and subsequently allow divers to search the boat but unfortunately the weather looks set to remain fresh for most of today.