12TH JANUARY 2007
Bishop Lee statement on the missing two fisherman from the Honey Dew II
The Bishop of Waterford & Lismore, Bishop William Lee, today said: “It is with deep sadness that I have heard the news of yet another tragedy off the Waterford coast. The loss of two more fisherman when their vessel, Honeydew II, sank off Mine Head last evening has shocked all of us.
“As the Honeydew II was standing-by to assist in the search for the Pere Charles, which sank on the previous evening, this latest loss compounds our grief. I wish to assure the families and friends of the missing crews of my continued support and prayers at this anguish-filled time for them, as they await news of their loved ones.”
Bishop Lee continued: “My heart goes out to the people of both Dunmore East and Kinsale. Both coastal communities have borne their share of tragedy and loss throughout the years as the sea has claimed the lives of so many fishermen. I pray that the two communities will have the strength to bear these awful tragedies.
“I pray for the success of the search and recovery operation for the seven missing men. Today I have ask the priests and people of the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore to pray this weekend at all Masses, and at home, for those who are missing and their loved ones.”