A FATHER whose son is missing, feared drowned, following a boating accident in the US, last night described him as his “shining light”.
Eoin Curran, 30, has been missing since Sunday when he fell from a 23-foot yacht during a sailing lesson with the New York Sailing School.
The Google employee, from Ballsbridge, Co Dublin, fell overboard off the coast of Long Island, New York, during an afternoon storm. He was not wearing a life jacket.
He had recently moved to Brooklyn, from Google Dublin, and was on his first sailing lesson with the New York school when the boat capsized and tragedy struck three quarters of a mile off shore.
Eoin and one of the instructors were flung into the water during a squall which blew the yacht on its side.
The instructor, who was wearing a life jacket, managed to swim back to the boat and threw a float out to Eoin but lost sight of him.
Sgt Rudy Rodriguez of the New Rochelle police department’s Marine Unit said winds of up to 110km/h literally knocked the vessel on its side.
“The instructor and the victim fell in the water. The instructor was able to get on the boat. The victim was not,” Sgt Rodriguez said.
Eoin’s father John said the family was devastated.
“No one could imagine the pain of getting a call telling us he was missing after a sailing lesson.”
Yesterday the search was suspended and authorities in NY admitted it was no longer a rescue mission.
John said it was “important” he spoke about his son — a former first class BA mathematics student, who also held a masters in computer science at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD).
“He had so many friends around the world who would like to read all the nice things he did.
“He was extremely talented and I miss him so much,” he said.
Eoin was responsible for helping design a number of innovative websites and a free text service for Vodafone in Ireland.
Dr Siobhan Clarke, a lecturer in computer science, at TCD, yesterday called Eoin “the most talented student” she had ever taught.
“There are people who live to an old age but who do so little, Eoin did so much and packed so much into his young life, this is nothing short of a tragedy,” Dr Clarke said.
New Rochelle police are now holding the boat. Police said it had all the required life preservers on board but the law did not require anyone onboard to be wearing life preservers.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved