Fish­ing tragedy ap­peal

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Fen­ner

A Go Fund Me has been started for the fam­ily of two dead and two miss­ing fish­er­men from Man­durah af­ter tragedy struck off Rot­tnest last week.

Ja­cob Pham (24) and Justin O’Neill’s (32) bodies were found in the wa­ters off Gar­den Is­land on Fri­day. Uock Pham (50) and his brother Tuan Pham (40s) were still miss­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The four­some had gone on an overnight fish­ing trip in their boat Yeah Buoy.

When they did not re­turn the alarm was raised, prompt­ing a mas­sive search off the coast.

Their fam­ily mem­ber Belle Howard wrote that the funds raised would pay for the fu­neral of the two men who had been found and to sup­port Mr O’Neill’s fi­ance Ash­leigh Hough and their three chil­dren Wil­liam (10), Jack­son (8) and Zach (3).

Ms Howard de­scribed Ja­cob Pham as “the sweet­est young man” who leaves be­hind an ador­ing mother An­drea Hen­ning and two sis­ters, Ash­leigh Hough and Jiordy Pham.

“Both losses leave huge holes in our fam­ily which can never be filled,” she wrote.

“We are still hold­ing on to hope for find­ing Ja­cob and Jiordy’s fa­ther and An­drea’s hus­band, Uock, along with his brother Tuan (fa­ther of two lit­tle boys).

“We are seek­ing funds to as­sist in the fu­neral costs and to aid the fam­ily mem­bers through­out the com­ing months as they come to terms with the losses, es­pe­cially stay-at-home mum Ash­leigh who is now rais­ing three chil­dren by her­self and has lost the breadwinner of her fam­ily.”

Yes­ter­day, po­lice con­tin­ued the search on the western side of Gar­den Is­land for the miss­ing fish­er­man and their boat.

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