French trawler hit off British coast

21st November 2004, Comments 0 comments

BREST, France, Nov 20 (AFP) - A French trawler was hit on Saturday night off the British coast by a Maltese-flagged cargo ship which reportedly sailed off without stopping, maritime officials said.

BREST, France, Nov 20 (AFP) - A French trawler was hit on Saturday night off the British coast by a Maltese-flagged cargo ship which reportedly sailed off without stopping, maritime officials said.

The French ship, Monica II, was not taking on water Saturday after the crash and was limping to the port of Loctudy in north western Brittany where it was expected on Sunday.

"We only know at the moment that the two boats collided," said a police spokesman, adding the crew of the Monica II would be questioned when it returned by Brest police.

He added the collision happened when visibility was good and the sea was calm.

Fishermen in the area said the Maltese-flagged ship Corn Swift had not stopped after the incident despite a distress call from the five-man crew of the Monica II.

The accident happened in the St George's Channel, between the southern tip of Wales and the south western English county of Cornwall.

British authorities in charge of the investigation said the Corn Swift was expected to arrive in Hartlepool, its destination port.

They have been given recordings of the ship radio conversations which should allow them to determine the exact chain of events, French officials in Brest said.

© AFP

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