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Monday, 20 January 2014

The Breton trawler, l'Estran, aground at the entrance to the port of Saint-Guénolé




A trawler ran aground at the entrance to the port of Saint-Guénolé Penmarc'h l'Estran, from the deep-sea trawler company La Houle grounded on Monday morning at the entrance to the port of Saint-Guénolé Penmarc'h. The five crew members were quickly evacuated. The boat is hard aground and has taken water with a heavy list.

It was around 10am on Monday morning when l'Estran  a deep-sea trawler trawler from the company La Houle in the port of Saint-Guénolé Penmarc'h. The boat was sailing for a two week trip off the south of Ireland. At the exit of the extremely narrow channel (editor: even at high water when entering Saint Gue you can see the seaweed floating on the surface  - the channel is that narrow!) the boat hit a rock. It seems that with successive storms the channel buoys have moved. The trawler would have made ​​a difference of a few metres which proved fatal. She finds herself stranded at the entrance to the port. The five crew members were unharmed, though had to be evacuated by firefighters.

Water seepage occurred during the grounding, the hull sustained damage and water infiltration. Consequence: it looks increasingly tide should not be enough to recover. Pumps were sent on board early afternoon to drain water. A boom has been put in place in case of a possible pollution. A lifeboat will be brought in during the afternoon and help keep other boats out of trouble.