Divers recover missing Polish boy’s body

THE body of the Polish boy who drowned along with his father while on a sea fishing trip has been recovered from rocks on the south-west coast.

Matthias Latek’s body was found on rocks at Cod’s Head near Allihies on the Beara peninsula yesterday morning.

The discovery of the 13-year-old’s remains was made by members of the Derrynane Inshore Rescue Service shortly before 10am.

Matthias’s body was located a short distance from where he is believed to have been swept into the water by a freak wave during a fishing trip with his father, Piotr Latek.

The pair are believed to have gone fishing on Sunday, July 12, but they weren’t reported missing until the following Tuesday.

The body of 40-year-old Mr Latek was recovered from the sea by navy divers last Wednesday.

It was discovered 100 yards from shore in eight metres of water.

Matthias had been on holiday visiting his father, who worked as a baker in Kenmare. Mr Latek also worked part-time as a porter at the Kenmare Bay Hotel.

Sue Ryan, the hotel’s sales manager, said staff were relieved that the teenager’s body had been located as it would give some closure to his mother Joanna. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanna and her family at this time,” she said.

At a special Mass held in Holy Cross Church, Kenmare, last weekend, Joanna Latek had asked the 250-strong congregation, many of whom were Polish, to pray that her son’s body would be found.

Ms Ryan added that Ms Latek had been searching in the area where her son’s body was found yesterday morning, although she wasn’t there at the time it was recovered by the inshore rescue service.

They transferred Matthias’s remains to a hearse which took it to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where a formal identification was made.

Superintendent Liam Horgan said it was expected the postmortem examination would also take place at the CUH.

Mr Latek and his son had gone fishing in Kenmare before driving along the coast to Allihies.

Their car was found at the entrance to a pathway leading to the rocks at Cod’s Head, a remote and exposed part of the coastline.

Angling equipment found on the rocks was identified as belonging to the pair.

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