Sea claims third life

A FISHERMAN died yesterday after falling overboard in Tralee Bay while a search is continuing for the Polish boy who was swept out to sea during a fishing trip with his father.

The victim of the latest fishing tragedy was named locally last night as Patrick (Pa) Egan, a single man in his 40s who lived with his elderly mother in Fenit village.

Valentia Coast Guard received a call shortly after 9.30am that a man had fallen overboard from a boat believed to be fishing for lobsters in the Maharees area.

Fenit lifeboat was launched a short time later.

Mr Egan was quickly recovered from the water by his colleagues, but efforts to resuscitate him failed.

His body was brought by ambulance from Fenit to Kerry General Hospital, in Tralee, where death was pronounced.

Meanwhile, divers who recovered the body of a Polish man from the sea off West Cork are continuing the search for his 13-year-old son.

Piotr Latek, 40, is believed to have been swept into the sea along with his son, Matthias, while they were on a fishing trip at Cod’s Head, near Allihies on the Beara peninsula on Sunday.

Navy divers recovered the man’s body shortly before 11am yesterday 100 metres from the shore at a depth of about eight metres.

The discovery was made by divers who had been searching the area throughout the morning. A second team of divers took over in the afternoon as the search for the missing teenager continued.

Matthias had come over on holiday from Poland to visit his father who had worked at the Breadcrumb Bakery in Kenmare, Co Kerry, for the past two years.

Manuela Goeb, who hired Mr Latek at the Kenmare factory, described him as a man who loved his family.

She said Matthias visited his father on several occasions and this time was planning to spend a few weeks with him.

Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Terry Ward said: “We will continue searching as long as the coastguard and the gardaí need us to.”

It is being speculated that the father and son were swept into the sea by a freak wave.

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