Stricken French trawler that hit rocks off Lizard towed to Falmouth: UPDATE + PICTURES + VIDEO (From Mid Devon Star)
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Striken French trawler that hit rocks off Lizard towed to Falmouth: UPDATE + PICTURES + VIDEO
3:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Update: The skipper has been fined for being asleep at the wheel. Read the full story here
UPDATE Monday Sept 2. A salvage team has lifted the vessel off the rocks at 3.30pm today when the tidal conditions were most suitable.
The vessel is being towed by a tug to Port Pendennis at Falmouth.
A spokesman said: "There is no apparent pollution in the surrounding area. Very little fuel is left on the vessel, with most of the oil having been successfully moved by salvors in recent days.
"Falmouth Coastguard and the MCA's Counter Pollution team, along with partner agencies, continue to monitor the situation."
UPDATE: Friday. The Scuderia has been stabilised after additional anchors were successfully put on the vessel last night.
Thanks to the work of Cornwall County Council's harbour team and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), a boom has also been put around the boat to contain any leaking fuel. Another vessel stayed nearby overnight to keep watch.
Salvors returned to the Scuderia this morning (8am) to start the operation to remove the 20 tonnes of remaining fuel on board. It is not clear how long this will take. Once complete, a refloat attempt can be made at the next high water.
Watch the video of the RNLI in action at the scene last night.
UPDATE: A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Surveyor has inspected the vessel and reported back that fuel was contained in five tanks, one of which has been damaged.
This has resulted in the loss of approximately 10 tonnes of fuel. It is hoped the remaining 20 tonnes of fuel on board can be safely removed later on today.
Under the current conditions, it’s predicted that the spilt fuel won’t move far from the Scuderia before it disperses.
The five crew members on board have now been taken ashore as the vessel is listing. Buoyancy aids, including airbags, will be used to enhance the chances of the vessel being refloated. This is unlikely to happen until tomorrow at the earliest.
Falmouth Coastguard and the MCA's Counter Pollution team, along with partner agencies, will continue to monitor the situation.
Efforts are being made to assess the scale of pollution caused by oil leaking from a French trawler that hit rocks off the Lizard.
The vessel could be stuck on the rocks over the weekend, after two attempts to refloat the striken ship failed due to the very low tide.
Falmouth Coastguard was contacted by the vessel Scuderia just after 11pm last night (Wednesday 28 August) reporting that it had run aground at Lankidden Cove, between Cadgwith and Coverack on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula.
The Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) and the RNLI lifeboat from Lizard were sent to the scene. The lifeboat managed to attach a line to the Scuderia but with a falling tide it was not possible to refloat the vessel.
There are five crew members on board, but no reported injuries. Damage to the vessel is believed to be slight with no indication of water ingress into the boat.
Falmouth Coastguard is now liaising with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution and Salvage branch, along with other agencies, to monitor the situation.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) surveyor has said that fuel was leaking from one of the vessel's tanks, while eyewitnesses say there is a visable slick on the water, up to a mile out to sea.
An MCA spokesman said: “There are five fuel tanks on board and fuel is only leaking from one of them.
“It’s likely the crew will be asked to vacate the vessel this afternoon for their own safety.
“We are just trying to ascertain exactly how much has leaked, and also whether we need to bring in equipment, but it doesn’t seem likely as it is contained within a fairly small area.
“It will also be churned up and washed out by waves.”
Falmouth Coastguard say signtseers are being urged to stay away after the Scuderia hit rocks at Lankidden Cove between Cadgwith and Coverack.
The spokesman added that the light oil tends to float and dissipate "quite quickly", and that there were hopes it would not do too much damage.
Pictures with thanks to Tom Smith
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