French A trawler that sank abruptly off the coast of Corniche, with all five crew members stranded, most likely stranded on a seabed when its nets got caught in the sediment, an inquiry has heard.
Bugaled Breizh went down from the lizard peninsula on January 15, 2004 in favorable conditions, there was no obvious defect in the ship.
It is possible that a submarine got entangled in trolling gear and since the ship was dragged down, it has been suggested that it sank.
But on an inquiry High Court Heard on Thursday that the system of wires, chains, weights and nets that make up the trawling rig has been found relatively intact along the coast.
It did not have the level of damage entangled with a fast, powerful military submarine.
Capt. Youssef Soomro, an independent maritime investigator, analyzed evidence gathered by the French Maritime Accident Investigation Bureau de Anquits Sir Les Aventis de Mer (B-Mir).
He found that one of the vessel’s trawl doors – two metal sheets used to keep the mouth of the net open – was buried in the sediment and mud near the depression in the seabed.
Captain Soomro said the net may have been closed due to weight at the port’s trawl gate, which puts too much pressure on a cable, called a warp, and connects the net to the boat.
“Whenever you are pulled by two identical forces and one becomes unstable, the other automatically becomes unstable,” he said.
“That’s exactly what happened – the geometry of the trawl rig is confused.”
According to the modeling, the plane was traveling northeast and was spinning from one side to the other due to current conditions.
Due to the pressure on the port warp, it would bend too much, sending large amounts of water to the main deck.
Because the ship’s deck was now very close to the water line, the water could not get out through the “fringe ports” that are cut off the hill.
Captain Soomro said the ship would stop in about five seconds, increase the tension at the port and have a sideways component, the ship would turn towards the port and take the sideways list (lean). Said.
“The combined effect of wind and hurricane will reduce the ship’s stability and prevent it from self-correcting.”
B. Mir’s analysis revealed that the water quickly enters the crew’s quarters.
“As more and more water accumulates on the deck and more and more water enters the staff quarters, you reach a point where there is no return,” said Captain Soomro.
He said that once the vessel reached a 30-degree angle in the water, its reversal would be “very fast”.
There is evidence that Bugled Breeze crews attempted to repair the ship by leaving the port warp of the trawl net, which was found to be 140 meters longer than the Starboard warp when the vessel was recovered.
“I think the problem here is that sniffing is a normal occurrence on a fishing vessel, but sometimes things can get worse very quickly if you don’t react properly to the situation.”
Captain Soomro said boats that get stuck usually drop both wires and cut off the engine.
They can sometimes try to get out of the snag by speeding on the harbor and starboard – but only if the situation is calm.
When asked if the soft snag theory proposed by B. Mir was the most understandable, he replied: “In my opinion, yes.”
The court heard that B Mir was unable to determine whether the plane was being operated manually or on auto-pilot when it got into trouble.
The inquest is considering the deaths of only 45-year-old captain Yves Marie Glougin and 49-year-old Pascal Lucian Le Flouch.
His body was found a few hours after the sinking and he was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
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The body of a third man, 35-year-old Patrick Gloguin, was found during a rescue operation but was taken away. France The bodies of 60-year-old Georges Limiteder and 42-year-old Eric Gilamet were never found.
As a result, his death is not the subject of an inquiry, although his family is involved.
Judge Nigel Lecley QC is expected to deliver his verdict on Friday, October 22.