Fisherman’s brother also died at sea

A fisherman in his 30s who slipped and drowned while returning to his boat in Crosshaven, Co Cork, over the weekend lost his own brother in a similar tragedy just over a year ago.

The body of Brendan Hegarty was recovered from near the pier in Crosshaven on Saturday morning after it was spotted in the water by a passerby.

Gardaí confirmed that Mr Hegarty was last seen alive on Friday night having attended a funeral earlier in the day. It is understood he was returning to his boat when he fell into the sea.

His body was taken to Cork University Hospital where the assistant state pathologist Margaret Bolster carried out a postmortem examination.

In January of 2011 Jerry Hegarty, a 38-year-old fisherman from Mahon in Cork City, died when the boat he was working sank.

Jerry Hegarty was a brother to the late Brendan Hegarty.

A major air, sea and land search got under way on Jan 20, 2011, after the boat, Carraig an Iasc, which was based at Crosshaven, capsized at Ringabella Bay near Cork Harbour.

The boat was about to reshoot lobster pots when it was hit by a wave, and listed heavily before turning 180 degrees and sinking.


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