The 69ft Tit Bonhomme struck rocks at the mouth of the harbour at around 0530. Weather conditions were poor at the time, with a Force 6 or 7 wind and a heavy swell. The alarm was raised just before 0600 when a crew member dialled 999 and alerted Valentia coastguard. The trawler then sank.
The search involved the Baltimore and Courtmacsherry lifeboats, Coastguard helicopters from Waterford and Shannon and Coastguard shore teams from Glandore and Toe Head, local fishing vessels, and the Irish naval vessel Le Niamh.
One crew member managed to scramble on to the shore of Adam’s Island where he was spotted by members of Toe Head Coastguard team, and he was airlifted by the Waterford-based helicopter to Cork University Hospital. The tips of the Tit Bonhomme’s communications aerials were visible above the water on the northern shore of Adam’s Island and a large amount of debris was located at 0730 near the entrance to Union Hall and Glandore harbour, where the search was focussed all day.
Baltimore’s inshore lifeboat also joined the search during the day. The search was later called off.