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Stricken trawler remains in sea
Bugaled Breizh
Strong winds may delay the operation again
Attempts to lift the wreck of a French trawler onto a barge for its journey home have not yet succeeded.

The Bugaled Breizh, in which five crew died, is alongside the salvage vessel Discovery off the coast of Falmouth.

On Friday night, the effort to raise the fishing boat onto the barge which will ship it to a dockyard in Brest was not successful.

The ongoing attempts to salvage the Bugaled Breizh have been continually hampered by high winds and heavy seas.

There have been reports that the Breton trawler may be loaded onto the barge later on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Falmouth Coastguards are warning that the wind is likely to become stronger which could cause more delays to the operation.

Damage concern

Five fishermen died when the boat sank in January.

The families of the dead crew members have already voiced concerns that any more damage caused to the hull may make the investigation into why the boat sank more difficult.

It was initially thought bad weather was to blame when the fishing boat went down, but French authorities believe the vessel may have been rammed and hope raising her will reveal vital clues.

The recovery operation comes after a campaign by relatives of the dead crewmen and the French press.


SEE ALSO:
Weather halts salvage operation
07 Jul 04  |  Cornwall
Cable snaps in salvage operation
30 Jun 04  |  Cornwall
Salvage team set to lift trawler
28 Jun 04  |  Cornwall
Trawler deaths probe criticised
21 May 04  |  Cornwall
French trawler 'was rammed hard'
19 Jan 04  |  Cornwall


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