Today marks the 8th anniversary of the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Tit Bonhomme’ on the 15 January 2012. 

Five lives were lost that fateful day as the ‘Tit Bonhomme’ hit rocks in Glandore Bay on her way home to Union Hall in a force 7 to 8 south-easterly gale. Only one of the six crew survived the terrible tragedy that happened early on that winter Sunday morning. 

The men lost were- Waterford skipper Michael Hayes (52), student Kevin Kershaw (21), Egyptian crew members Wael Mohammed (32), Saied Ali Eldin and Attia Shaban (26). 

The lone survivor from the sinking of the ‘Tit Bonhomme’ was Abdul Mohammed (40). 

Rough weather hampered the search for the survivors who were all believed to be still in the hull of the sunken vessel. Navy divers were deployed to the scene but had to wait until sea conditions improved before making their dive. 

On Thursday, 19 January, they recovered the bodies of Attia Shaban and Kevin Kershaw.  

Skipper Michael Hayes along with Egyptians Wael Mohammed and Saied Ali Eldin were still missing. 

After a two-hour extensive search on Friday, 20 January, Garda and naval service divers confirmed that they could not locate any more bodies in the wreck of the ‘Tit Bonhomme’. 

On Sunday, 22 January, a week after the boat sank, the body of 32-year-old Egyptian crewman Wael Mohammed was recovered by a group of local divers. He was the younger brother of the only survivor Abdul Mohammed. 

On Wednesday 8 February, the body of Michael Hayes was recovered from the sea at low tide. 

Two days later and nearly three weeks after the sinking of the ‘Tit Bonhomme’ the body of Saied Ali Eldin was recovered from the water by Valentia Coast Guard after his body was spotted floating on the water.  

The search efforts had lasted 26-days.

‘Tit Bonhomme’ Sinking – Eighth Anniversary Today

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