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THE father of a young man feared drowned on a trawler with four experienced fishermen believes his son's body is on board.

Paddy Kershaw joined teams on local boats searching for 21-year-old Kevin as they scoured the site of the Adam and Eve rocks near Glandore, west Cork, for a second day.

"I'd rather be out on the water and be out there on the site where it took place," he said.

The boat is visible at low tide but Navy co-ordinators refused to allow teams into the water due to persistent two metre swells.

Lieutenant Commander Paddy Harkin, Commander of the LE Niamh, said the swells from the south were hampering efforts to get dive teams on to the wreck.

"The decision to commence an underwater search of the Tit Bonhomme and the immediate vicinity remains under constant review between myself, the Naval Dive Team Leader and the Coastguard," he said.

Kevin Kershaw was on board the Tit Bonhomme with skipper Michael Hayes, the founder of the Helvic lifeboat station, when it went down about 6am on Sunday. Mr Hayes is the husband of Caitlin Ni Aodha, spokeswoman for the Irish Fishermen's Organisation.

Four Egyptians were also crew on the trawler - the only survivor Mohammed Abd Elgwad was rescued on Sunday by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after spending hours in the water before managing to scramble on to rocks.

The others were Weal Abd Elgwad, Mohammed's brother, and Said Ali Eldien and Shaban Farrg - all from the same fishing region near Alexandria.

The search was stood down for a second night last night.

The Tit Bonhomme was formerly a French-registered trawler.

Fellow Egyptian Izar Arafa visited Union Hall pier and spoke to survivor Mohammed Add Elgwad. He revealed the windows of the wheelhouse were smashed in when the trawler crashed and he escaped with a life jacket.


Above and left, the search for five people missing after the Tit Bonhomme trawler struck rocks off Glendore, Cork; far left, missing trawlerman Kevin Kershaw''s mother Margaret (right of picture)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2012
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