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From RTE website: http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0525/waterford.html

Earlier report: "A search off the Waterford coast for two missing fishermen has concluded for tonight and will resume again at first light.
Air, sea and coastline searches took place today after the two men were reported missing from a small dinghy yesterday afternoon.

The two men have been named locally as John O'Brien and Pat Esmonde, both in their mid-30s. Both men had been living in south Tipperary.

The men had travelled from south Tipperary to Helvick on the Ring Peninsula to go fishing for mackerel.

Sea conditions were very calm at the time the men went missing.

A fisherman from Helvick told gardaí that before 5pm he saw one of the men in the water near the dinghy calling for help, three-quarters of a mile from the coast.

When he got to the location, both men had disappeared. Two lifejackets were found in the dinghy.

A team of nine divers from the naval service spent much of the day at the last-known location where the men went missing.

The search and rescue helicopter from Waterford assisted in the search.

Relatives of the two missing men are also in Helvick."

So a sad start to the season. And a reminder to us all - even in calm benign conditions, wear a lifejacket. The weekend also saw a young man drowned while swimming in a lake and a fisherman drowned when pulled into the water by ropes/gear he was using.
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We were just coming back to shore on Sunday afternoon in Ardmore Bay (about 10nm SW of the location) when we started to hear the chatter on CH16. We'd been out in some Thundercats and a lot of our crews are lifeboat crew as well, so we thought we'd head over to add some additional eyes to the search (seeing as it was pretty fresh at that stage). We took one cat over and a fuel-tank from a second one. When we arrived on scene there were three other craft searching (including local RNLI) and an SAR heli from Waterford. Sadly no rescue that evening. Conditions couldn't have been better - slack tides, very little wind, excellent vis above and below the water. Navy divers there yesterday and today. Might be back over assisting later in the week when eyes on the surface and shoreline would again be useful. Sad, sad event - especially when one hears that lifejackets were on board. Thoughts with the families.
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Terrible event. Thoughts to the family. What on earth happened for both to end up in the water without jackets in such calm weather and neither be able to get back in the boat? Just shows how anything can happen I suppose.
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What on earth happened for both to end up in the water without jackets in such calm weather and neither be able to get back in the boat? Just shows how anything can happen I suppose.
I can think of several scenarios where this could happen, Accident Pit and all that. That's the trouble with the unexpected, it sneaks up on you and suddenly you're in a situation you hadn't anticipated and can't cope with.
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The bodies of both men were recovered this morning by Navy divers.

Hopefully their families can find some comfort from the recovery of the loved ones.
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