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UK inquest finds submarine did not cause 2004 sinking of French trawler

The judge Nigel Lickley QC, who has overseen an inquest on the tragedy, ruled that the French trawler F/V Bugaled Breizh sank after its fishing gear snagged on the seabed, causing it to heel – tip to one side – and take in water. Relatives of the men lost in the tragedy have long believed the boat sank after a submarine became tangled in its fishing gear, and they saw the inquest in London as a last chance to get to what they believe is the truth. The judge said he believed that the sinking, on 15 January 2004, was a fishing accident. >click to read< 22:15

Results of probe into French trawler tragedy due in weeks

The conclusions of a British inquest into the 2004 sinking of a French trawler, which killed five people, will be delivered on November 5, the coroner said on Thursday. Judge Nigel Lickley has been hearing evidence since early October about how the Bugaled Breizh sank suddenly off Cornwall, southwest England, despite good weather. The bodies of two of the fishermen who died were recovered by British search and rescue teams. Lawyers for the victims’ families maintain that a submarine on exercises in the area at the time could have struck the boat and pulled it down. >click to read< 14:25

Inquest into Bugaled Breizh deaths sunk off Lizard coast of Cornwall

The Bugaled Breizh went down on January 15, 2004 off the Lizard Peninsula in favourable conditions, with no apparent defects to the vessel. The possibility a submarine may have become entangled in the trawling gear and dragged the vessel under has been proposed since it sank. But an inquest at the High Court heard on Thursday that the system of wires, chains, weights and nets that made up the trawling rig was found relatively intact on the seabed. >click to read< 08:44

Inquest: No evidence British submarine sank French trawler in 2004

Ever since the boat sank, the families of the sailors have demanded a proper investigation into the men’s deaths. They have maintained over the years that the sinking could have been caused by a submarine becoming caught in the ship’s nets, something the Ministry of Defence has denied. The inquest heard on Wednesday that the Royal Navy Police Special Investigation Branch (RNPSIB) would not have been blocked from investigating the potential involvement of British combat vessels. >click to read<  07:51

UK sub ‘not involved’ in 2004 French trawler tragedy

A British military submarine linked to the sinking of a French fishing trawler nearly 18 years ago had nothing to do with the incident, the UK vessel’s former captain said Tuesday, sparking fury from victims’ relatives. The families of the five crew members who died on the Bugaled Breizh on January 15, 2004 are hoping an inquest at the High Court in London will confirm their view that the boat was pulled down by the British submarine HMS Turbulent. But the Turbulent’s former commander Andrew Coles said the nuclear vessel was docked on the day of the tragedy. “We definitely weren’t involved,” he told the hearing in London, echoing other witness testimony at the hearing. >click to read< 16:17

Inquest into fatal trawler sinking off Cornwall hears about final distress call

On Tuesday, the skipper of the F/V Eridan, a fishing vessel operating just a few miles from F/V Bugaled Breizh on the day it disappeared, told the court he had received a distress call at about 12.25pm. The court heard that the two vessels had moored at Newlyn Harbour from January 11 to 13 due to stormy weather, but that conditions had been favourable on the day F/V Bugaled Breizh went down. Giving evidence via video link and through an interpreter, Serge Cossec said: “The skipper (Yves Marie Gloaguen) said come quickly, we are capsizing. That was all. “He said it several times”. >click to read< 11:40

Bugaled Breizh – Why Thierry Lemétayer has been calling for the truth for 17 years

Thierry Lemétayer has been fighting for 17 years to find out the truth about the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh. The fight of a lifetime, for his father who, like four other crew members, perished at sea on January 15, 2004. From the investigation which opens in London on October 4, he hopes and expects a lot. “What France refused us, Great Britain gives us” says Thierry Lemétayer whose father, Georges, disappeared with four other crew members during the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh in 2004 “What France refused us, Great Britain gives us” says Thierry Lemétayer whose father, Georges, disappeared with four other crew members during the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh in 2004. >click to read< 07:57

Relatives believe a submarine may have cause the sinking of the trawler Bugaled Breizh

The inquest into the deaths of two French fishermen who died when the trawler Bugaled Breizh sank in 2004, will be reopened later this year. Previous hearings relating to the deaths of Pascal Le Floch and Yves Gloaguen have been in Truro, as their bodies were returned to Cornwall. The Ministry of Defence denies claims a Royal Navy submarine was involved. Three other men also died when the boat sank off the Lizard peninsula. Relatives believe the trawler was dragged underwater when a submarine became snagged in its nets. >click to read< 14:48

Families of French fishermen who died off Cornwall will have to wait for answers

An inquest opened last week into the deaths of two of the five men who died when the French fishing vessel Bugalen Breizh sank 14 years ago off the Lizard.,,, The families of the victims have been fighting for answers ever since the tragedy and have previously claimed that a Nato submarine involved in a military training exercise was responsible. >click to read< 12:56

Bugaled Breizh: Crew asked not to mention submarine, inquest told

A rescue helicopter pilot who attended a capsized French fishing vessel off Cornwall 15 years ago has told an inquest the crew was told not to mention the presence of a submarine. The trawler Bugaled Breizh sank in January 2004, with the loss of all five crew members. The inquest in Truro is examining the deaths of two of the men, Yves Gloaguen and Pascal le Floch. “I was not happy about this decision,” Capt Peter McLelland said. >click to read< 16:25

Inquest into deaths of French fishermen on Bugaled Breizh is delayed

bb2An inquest into the deaths of French fishermen whose boat sank off the Lizard peninsula 12 years ago will be delayed until January. Cornwall coroner Emma Carlyon announced today that she would most likely start the inquest on how the Bugaled Breizh sank in the new year. It was initially due to be held in September but has been delayed while more evidence is gathered, a preliminary hearing in Truro was told. The trawler from Loctudy, Brittany, sank 14 miles from Lizard Point in January 2004. The families of the fishermen claim the boat was pulled under after tangling its nets with a submarine during a Nato exercise, although this has always been disputed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Read the rest here 12:15