The remains of three friends who died tragically in a boating accident in west Cork on Monday have been returned to their families.
Richard Harman, aged 69, and Mike Schmidt, aged 70, from Glengarriff and Wolfgang Schroeder, aged 62, from Bantry, were killed after a fishing trip turned to tragedy on Monday evening.
Glengarriff parish priest, Fr Pádraig Kennelly said today that a sense of gloom was still hanging over the area as people came to terms with the loss.
“They were three very popular men. Losing one person is a tragedy, but losing three is a terrible blow,” he added.
The sole survivor of the tragedy, Paul Dziato, aged 46, spent yesterday recovering at his home outside Glengarriff.
Post-mortems were carried out at Cork University Hospital yesterday on the bodies of the deceased and their families have begun making funeral arrangements.
The families of the two German victims, Mike Schmidt, and Wolfgang Schroeder, are believed to be making local arrangements for their loved ones. Richard Harman, aged 69, is to be buried in his native village of Adrigole on Friday.
Canon Paul Willoughby described Richard as a ‘very gracious and kind man’, saying he would be laid to rest in Adrigole Old Cemetery, which he had lovingly helped restore to its former glory.
“The Harmans have a long history in Adrigole dating back to the 1850s and Richard played a huge role in restoring the local cemetery.
“He was such a popular man. He loved Bantry Bay and loved attending the weekly fair in Bantry town.”
All three men were remembered yesterday at the opening of a new hospice unit at Bantry General Hospital.
Jazz On, A Summer’s Evening, which was due to be held in Glengarriff tomorrow evening, has been postponed until next week as a mark of respect to the men.
Investigators from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board arrived in west Cork yesterday to begin their inquiry into the tragedy.