Mother of dead fisherman died hours before trawler tragedy

The mother of Egyptian fisherman Attia Shaban, whose body was recovered yesterday following the Tit Bonhomme tragedy, died shortly before her son.

The mother of Egyptian fisherman Attia Shaban, whose body was recovered yesterday following the Tit Bonhomme tragedy, died shortly before her son.

She passed away in her sleep last Saturday, just hours before the trawler got into difficulty.

Diving teams are searching again today for the bodies of three remaining missing fisherman from the trawler that sunk off the coast of west Cork.

The search is centred on the waters near the wreck. The trawler got into difficulty shortly before 6am last Sunday, close to Adam’s rock, as the vessel entered Glandore Harbour on the way back to the pier at Union Hall.

Gerard O’Flynn, co-ordinator for the Irish Coast Guard at Union Hall, said divers are today focussing on the same area of water close to the wreck where the bodies of the two of the crewmen were found yesterday.

The remains were those of 21-year-old Kevin Kershaw, who had been living in Clonakilty and was planning to use the money he earned fishing to emigrate to Australia, and Egyptian national Attia Shaban.

Still missing at sea is the skipper of the trawler, Michael Hayes — whose wife Caitlin has been taking part in the search — and two other Egyptian crew members, Wael Mohamad and Saied aly Eldin.

A sixth crew member, Abdo Mohamad, managed to make it to shore and has been among those who have gathered at the pier. The wreck is surrounded by nets and debris, and is close to the rocks, which has made it difficult for divers to get into the boat.

The Egyptian nationals on board the trawler had been living in Skibbereen, and a friend, local hackney driver Jean Hegarty, has set up a fund for those who wish to support their families at this time.

Donations can be made to the Union Hall Trawler Support Fund at the AIB branch at Skibbereen, sort code 936375, account number 10009183.

Article courtesy of the Evening Echo newspaper in Cork.

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