A poetic tribute to Dianne crew

TWO devastated friends of the FV Dianne crew have penned an emotional poem which will be read out during a community tribute to the men tonight.

Hundreds are expected to pack into Munro Martin Parklands for a service led by police chaplain Doug Foster in honour of the seven Cairns men who were aboard the trawler when it flipped and sank in rough waters two weeks ago.

Ruben McDornan, 32, is believed to be the sole survivor, while the bodies of skipper Ben Leahy, 45, and Adam Hoffman, 30, were found inside the vessel.

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to assist the friends and families of the six fishermen lost in the fishing boat tragedy off central Queensland’s coast.
A major fundraising campaign has been launched to assist the friends and families of the six fishermen lost in the fishing boat tragedy off central Queensland’s coast.

The official search was scaled back by police yesterday, although they will continue to undertake daily patrols in the area around the Town of 1770.

Family members of the four men whose bodies have not been found have been undertaking their own searches in the area.

Many of them are expected to attend tonight's service.

Police vessel S.W.Gill arrives in Gladstone Marina after police divers recovered two bodies from the sunken fishing boat Dianne. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
Police vessel S.W.Gill arrives in Gladstone Marina after police divers recovered two bodies from the sunken fishing boat Dianne. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

Close friends of Mr Leahy, Sally Dixon and Jenny Dewar penned the poem in tribute to the men.

Part of the poem reads: "Your lives have been taken so suddenly from us, Leaves a gaping hole in our hearts, so in god we now trust.

"As we remember you, our times were all too few, As sunlight dances on the water, let us pray for you."

Ms Dixon has helped spearhead the community event and said it would be read out just before the minute's silence.

Mr Leahy's memorial service is being held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal on Friday. Tonight's event starts at 6pm with gates opening at 5.30pm.



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