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Harbour Authority criticises insurers over submerged trawler

One of the trawlers would not re-right itself due to severe internal flooding. Photo: RNLI

It's still not clear when a fishing boat that capsized in Dartmouth Harbour will be removed. The San Christophe 1 sank after seeking shelter during last week's storms.

The Harbour Authority says it's pushing the boat's insurers to come up with a recovery plan. Meanwhile it's continuing to work to contain the fuel and deal with any leaks.

The St Christophe is still submerged in Dartmouth harbour with nine tonnes of fuel onboard. Credit: RNLI
22m
size of capsized vessel.

Diving survey work has been carried out to assess the condition of the vessel and work has continued to contain the diesel fuel that is onboard.

According to the Harbour Authority, fuel has been leaking from the trawler's weak tanks.

2 tons
of fuel has been collected and disposed of.
When one of the trawlers wouldn't re-right itself the lifeboat crew discovered severe internal flooding. Credit: RNLI/John Fenton

Captain Giles from the Authority says they're continuing to press the vessel's insurers for a solution for recovery of the boat.

It should be noted that Dart Harbour is not in control of the timescale for this. We understand the insurers are tendering for salvage contracts.

With Easter – traditionally the start of the leisure boating season – fast approaching, we are keen for the vessel to be removed as safely and swiftly as possible using a method that will cause least impact to the environment.

– Dart Harbour Harbourmaster, Capt Rob Giles

The majority of the five crew of the vessel have returned to France. The incident is now subject to Marine Accident investigation which the Harbour are helping with.

You can watch the dramatic rescue below: