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Joe was a hardworking and well-liked dad of 4; Tribute paid to 65-year-old fisherman after boat sinks.

Byline: ian mangan and sam roberts

TRIBUTES have been paid to a "hardworking" dad of four who tragically died after his boat sank yesterday.

Joseph "Joe" Sinnott from Seaview, Kilmore, was taken from the water off the coast of Co Wexford by the Rescue 117 helicopter in the early hours of yesterday at Hook Head.

The 65-year-old was later pronounced dead at University Hospital Waterford.

Gardai and the Coast Guard were alerted to the scene shortly before midnight on Saturday and searches are continuing today for a second missing fisherman.

Rosslare Aontu councillor Jim Codd described the deceased as a "lovely man".

He told the Irish Mirror: "I knew Joe well. Joe was a lovely man. He had four children. The Sinnotts are synonymous with fishing in Kilmore."

Mr Codd described Mr Sinnott as "a very well-liked man" adding he was "very popular and very hardworking". Mr Codd revealed the deceased was related to fellow fisherman Dominick Sinnott, who tragically died at sea last year, and paid tribute to the emergency services who have been leading the searches.

Irish Coast Guard helicopters Rescue 117 and Rescue 116, as well as Kilmore Quay and Fethard on Sea Coast Guard units alongside RNLI Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Fethard and Naval vessel LE Ciara, all took part in an extensive search for the other missing man yesterday. Mr Codd said: "The lifeboat crew are just heroes. They were out from 11.45pm on Saturday night and they're going out again this morning.

"The fishermen of our coast work hard and I'm often concerned the Government doesn't listen to what they have to deal with nearly as much as they should."

Fine Gael councillor for Kilmore Jim Moore described the tragedy as "a very sad opening to the beginning of 2020".

He said: "Everybody is a bit stunned really. You enter a new year with hope and on the first weekend you've got a tragedy of this nature." Mr Moore added several lifeboats and fishermen had joined in the search but expressed concern for the harsh conditions.

He said: "We know the weather forecast is not great so that's not going to be helpful for the search operation."

Yesterday's operation was stood down at around 4.40pm as the weather was set to take a turn throughout the night, with Met Eireann issuing a yellow wind warning for seven counties including Wexford, Waterford and Cork which came into effect at 3am this morning.

The forecaster warned of southerly winds in coastal areas reaching speeds of 50kmh and 60kmh with occasional gusts of 90kmh to 100kmh.

Mr Sinnott's death notice read: "Beloved husband of Mary and loving father of Michael, Siobhan, Bernie and Bridget, sadly missed by his family, brother, sister, sons-in-law, daughter-inlaw, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends."

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Date:Jan 6, 2020
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