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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Trawler starts homeward journey
Bugaled Breizh
The Bugaled Breizh was raised on Saturday
A sunken French trawler, recovered off the coast of Cornwall, is being taken back to France.

The journey to take the Bugaled Breizh to Brest in Brittany is expected to take about a day and a half.

The body of a crewman, recovered from the vessel on Saturday, was flown back to Brest on Sunday morning.

Five crew died when the trawler went down in January; it is thought to have been in collision with another vessel. Two bodies have yet to be found.

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

The families of the dead men believe the trawler went down when it was hit by another vessel.

They are unhappy with the secrecy that has surrounded the disaster investigation by the French authorities.

Now French investigators will be able to scour the wreck for clues once she arrives at a military base in Brest.

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:
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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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