Wreck of Michelin chief fishing boat found

29th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

BREST, May 28, 2006 (AFP) — French authorities have located the wreck of a fishing boat that went down Friday off the Brittany coast, costing the life of Edouard Michelin, the 43—year—old head of the Michelin tyre giant.

BREST, May 28, 2006 (AFP) — French authorities have located the wreck of a fishing boat that went down Friday off the Brittany coast, costing the life of Edouard Michelin, the 43—year—old head of the Michelin tyre giant.

The wreck was found early Sunday lying on the sea floor at a depth of 70 metres, some 15 kilometres off the island of Sein, according to the maritime prefecture in the north-western city of Brest.

A spokesman said an underwater robot had "formally identified" the boat, but had failed to locate the body of Michelin's companion Guillaume Normant, head of a regional fishing association who is also presumed dead.

The body of Michelin, whose firm employs 130,000 people and has also given its name to the red gastronomic guide, was recovered late Friday floating among lobster traps off the coast of Brittany.

The 8.5—metre boat, in which the two men set out on Friday morning, went down for unexplained reasons in one of the most dangerous sectors of the maritime area. An investigation has been opened into the incident.

Michelin, married and the father of six, began work in the family firm at the age of 22 and was formally recognised as his father's heir in 1991 when he was 28. He became joint manager of the group last year.

A rising star of the French business world, he is credited with turning round the company's fortunes at a young age.

Tributes to Michelin have poured in from French politicians and business leaders, as well as from the company's home city of Clermont—Ferrand in central France.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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