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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Third body recovered from trawler
Bugaled Breizh
Strong winds have delayed the salvage operation
The body of a French trawlerman missing following an apparent collision off Cornwall, has been recovered from his stricken boat.

The Bugaled Breizh was raised on Saturday and supported on the surface using floatation tanks and cables.

The bodies of two more crew members from the trawler which vanished in January are still missing.

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

The recovered body, which has yet to be identified, will be taken to a military base in the port of Brest, western France.

Military base

The bodies of two of the five French crew members were recovered soon after the accident off Lizard Point in south-western England, when the boat was believed to have been hit by a container ship.

The wreckage will be taken to the military base in Brest where experts are expected to be able to examine it next week.

The operation to recover the fishing boat had been postponed on Wednesday and Thursday due to bad weather.

Suspect freighter

The ship which struck the trawler on 15 January has never been identified.

In March, French police officers, accompanied by Chinese police, examined the Philippine-flagged Seattle Trader freighter suspected of a possible role in the sinking of the trawler.

An examination, in southern China, of the freighter's paint-work subsequently ruled it out of the investigation.




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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