Skerries, Co Dublin: Sea Search Resumes For Two Missing Fishermen: UPDATED

2 Apr

NEWS UPDATE:

Tributes have been paid to two missing fishermen who are feared drowned in the Irish Sea.

Friends Ronan Browne, 25, and David Gilsenan, 41, vanished after leaving Skerries harbour in north Dublin in their 17ft open-top fishing boat at about 11am on Friday.

A similar-sized boat was located overturned five miles south-east of Clogherhead 24 hours later and is being towed to the port for identification and technical examination.

Mr Browne, who married his wife Linda in September, and Mr Gilsenan, a father-of-two who is married to Suzanne, are experienced seamen. Both are qualified marine engineers who lived locally in the fishing town.

Their wives, flanked by family, close friends and stunned members of the close-knit fishing community, have remained at the pier for any news from the huge search operation.

Friends of Mr Browne said he had been reared on boats, fishing locally before he became a marine engineer who worked on factory-size fishing vessels.

“He was the kind of person who would do anything for you, he was very generous with his time,” said one. “A very skilled seaman and a very popular fella.”

Aisling McGuinness described Mr Gilsenan, a friend for several years, as a hard-working family man. “He was a brilliant dad and a good family man who worked hard,” she said.

“It’s so sombre here, everyone is stunned and shocked. We still can’t believe it.”

Almost 30 local fishing and pleasure craft joined the search at first light, which involved RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews from Howth, Skerries and Clogherhead, the Coast Guard helicopter and Garda divers.

A search for two fishermen missing off Skerries harbour in Dublin has resumed this morning.

A search for two fishermen missing off Skerries harbour in Dublin has resumed this morning.

Dublin Coast Guard has said that four local vessels, three coast guard units and three life boats are taking part in the search.

The search and rescue helicopter based at Dublin Airport is also involved in the search.

The men were reported missing after they failed to return to Skerries at 6.30pm yesterday evening. They had left the harbour at 11am yesterday morning.

The search operation began yesterday evening but was called off until 7am this morning.

Coast guard spokesman John Draper said a number of items, which are believed to belong to the missing men, were found during the initial search.

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