Gaul disaster: Families DNA tested over Russian remains

Families in Hull are being DNA tested to see if remains washed up in Russia were passengers of the stricken ship the Gaul.

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Relatives of Gaul victims DNA tested

Families of those who died in the sinking of the Hull trawler The Gaul have been told that bodies washed up nearly 40 years ago on the Russian coast and buried by local people may be crew members lost when the supertrawler sank.

UK authorities have been told that the remains of up to 10 men were discovered. Relatives of the crewmen are being asked to provide DNA samples. Fiona Dwyer reports.

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Relatives' reaction to the latest development on the Gaul disaster

There is fresh hope that human remains found in a coastal cave in the Murmansk region of Russia were crew members of the stricken Hull trawler The Gaul. Thirty six people died when the boat sunk in 1974 just off the coast of Norway. Last year the remains of up to 10 people were found.

But relatives have only recently been informed. Families are now being DNA tested. Beryl Betts, whose brother Billy died, says she's devastated by the discovery. Humberside Police's assistant police constable Alan Leaver is liaising with relatives.

Police visiting Hull families for Gaul DNA match

Police have visited all remaining families in hull who had loved ones who died on the stricken ship the Gaul.

Thirty six people died when the trawler sunk in 1974 north of Norway. In 2012 remains of 10 people were found in a cave.

"We have met with all the families of the crew members lost on the Gaul and will continue to provide them with information as it becomes available.

"At the moment the information we have is very limited and we have to wait for the Russian authorities to advise us of the tests they are doing on the remains.

"We will continue to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to seek to support families and to provide more details about the remains."

– Alan Leaver, Asst Chief Con, Humberside Police

Gaul trawler families DNA tested after bodies found

Families in Hull are being DNA tested to see if remains washed up in Russia were passengers of the stricken ship the Gaul.

36 people died when the trawler sunk in 1974 north of Norway. In 2012 remains of 10 people were found in a cave.

All the families of men who died have been visited and have been given the details known about the remains and the ongoing forensic examinations.

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