The skipper of a French fishing vessel has been ordered to pay £11,155 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to endangering his vessel and crew together with failing to keep a proper look-out after falling asleep.
The 'Scuderia' sailed from Roscoff in northern France last Wednesday, 28th August, but ran aground at Lankidden Cove between Cadgwith and Coverack.
None of the 5 crew was injured but the forward fuel tank had been ruptured, with the loss of approximately 10 tonnes of diesel.
An anti-pollution and salvage operation was put in place and the vessel was refloated on Monday.
The 38-year-old skipper, Gilles Lemaitre, appeared before Truro Magistrates' Court today where he pleaded guilty to both offences.
There are no excuses for the person responsible for navigating the vessel to fall asleep on the job.
More so when that person is the skipper who has taken medication that could impact on him staying awake and alert.
He could have called one of the other crew members to come to the wheelhouse and take over.
This was a serious incident which could have had much more severe consequences.
Falmouth Coastguard has told ITV News that this morning's attempt to re-float a stranded French fishing trawler off The Lizard was unsuccessful. It is likely that attempts will be made tomorrow morning to try and move the boat, which has been stranded since last Wednesday.
It has been emptied of fuel to make it lighter, and extra floats have been attached.
Coastguards say they are waiting for a high enough tide in order to attempt to re-float a French trawler which ran aground off The Lizard in Cornwall. It had been leaking oil but all fuel has now been removed from the vessel, and its crew are being housed elsewhere.
In the meantime, attempts are being made to lighten the boat as much as possible, and extra airbags have been fitted. Coastguards believe it could be re-floated as early as tomorrow morning, though it may take longer.