Tit Bonhomme search to be scaled back

Monday 06 February 2012 11.56
Members of the Cork search team
Members of the Cork search team

The search for the bodies of two men, missing from the trawler that sank in Glandore Bay, Co Cork, is due to be scaled back from tomorrow.

More than 60 divers joined in the search yesterday for the two missing crewmen from the Tit Bonhomme, which sank three weeks ago.

Tim O'Keeffe of the Irish Coastguard said the time they have been involved in the search is the normal amount set aside for an operation of this type, where all the resources available would be used.

Mr O' Keeffe added that it was unfortunate that they now have to make the decision to phase back the operation to much reduced, local-scale searches.

During the search operation yesterday, dive co-ordinator John Kearney said conditions were very difficult with strong south westerly winds and poor visibility.

Five men lost their lives in the tragedy when the trawler sank.

The bodies of crewmen Kevin Kershaw, Attia Shaban and Wael Mohammed were recovered in the days following the sinking.

However, skipper Michael Hayes and crew member Saied Ali Eldin remain unaccounted for.

Crew member Mohammed Add Elgwad was the only survivor.