Bodies of missing irish fishermen found Published: 11 April, 2011
THE bodies of two Dublin area fishermen who went missing in the Irish Sea almost 12 days ago were found at the weekend.
A large air sea search was launched a week last Friday after 26-year-old Ronan Browne and David Gilsenan, aged 41, failed to return to their home port of Skerries, near Dublin. They had gone out to check their lobster pots. Both were married and described as experienced fishermen. Mr Gilsenan and his wife had two children.
An RNLI lifeboat, an Irish naval vessel, a coastguard helicopter and several fishing vessels spent several days searching for the boat which is thought to have got into difficulties in bad weather.
Both Mr Browne and Mr Gilsenan were extremely popular men in and around their home port. Many more boats were due to have joined the search at the weekend before the bodies were found. And several thousand Euros were raised by the local community, businesses and schools to pay for the fuel to finance that search.
Meanwhile in another part of the Irish Sea four people were rescued from a Northern Ireland fishing boat on Saturday following a collision with a cargo vessel near the Isle of Man.
The 17-metre long Lynn-Marie sent out a distress signal and three trawlers from the Isle of Man went out to pick them up. The Lynn-Marie’s crew were unhurt.
Some 36 hours earlier a family of four in a Swansea fishing vessel were rescued by the RNLI inshore boat off Mumbles pier in South Wales when the engine failed and the vessel became stranded.