The search has resumed this morning on the south-east coast for missing fisherman Mr William Whelan.
Mr Whelan (41) has been missing since Saturday night when his scallop dredger the MFV ‘Alize’ got into trouble six nautical miles south of Hook Head, Co Wexford.
Crew member, Mr Joe Sinnott (65) who was also onboard was recovered from the sea by Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in the early hours of Sunday morning. The helicopter crew had flown him to awaiting ambulances at Waterford airport where he was transferred to University Hospital Waterford. Unfortunately, it was announced later that Mr Sinnott had passed away.
Yesterdays search for the second missing fisherman was coordinated from the Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin. Naval Vessel LE Ciara, Irish Coast Guard Helicopters Rescue 117 and Rescue 116, Kilmore Quay and Fethard-on-Sea Coast Guard units, RNLI Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Fethard, alongside local fishing vessels are conducting the search. The LE Ciara is acting as the on-scene coordinator.
The search was suspended yesterday last night due to fading light and deterorating weather conditions.
Weather conditions overnight have been poor in the area with Met Eireann issuing a yellow weather warning between 3.00am and 11.00am this morning with winds expected to reach force 8 later before easing this afternoon.