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Harbour failings and language issues contributed to trawler sinking

An investigation has found failings at Dart Harbour did contribute to the sinking of a French fishing boat.

Five fishermen had to be rescued when the Saint Christophe attempted to dock in stormy conditions in March.

The vessel was seeking shelter from the rough seas, but by the time it pulled into the harbour, it was already taking on water, and the RNLI were called to help the crew.

The Saint Christophe capsized after arriving into Dartmouth Harbour while seeking shelter from rough seas.

The semi-submerged trawler was left in the harbour for almost a month before it was finally lifted by a salvage vessel.

Following the incident the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch found a number of failings from Dart Harbour, as well as from the crews and skippers of the fishing vessels.

They said although there were limitations for the vessels at low water, but despite this, there were no procedures in place for the use of the berth.

It also found here was confusion between the French-speaking sailors and the English-speaking Harbour staff.

The Marine Accidents Investigation Branch found there were limitations for the vessels at low water however there were no procedures in place for the use of the berth.

It also found there was confusion between the French-speaking sailors and the English-speaking Harbour staff.

Dart Harbour says it has accepted the findings. and is carrying out the recommendations expressed.

DHNA accepts the critical comments made in the report and is responding with remedial action to address the concerns expressed.

– Neil Hockaday, DDart Harbour & Navigation Authority board chairman