Salvors to raise trawler that sank following deadly collision off Jersey

L'Ecume II in 2019 (Photo: Faed)

The wreckage of the trawler L’Ecume II, which sank in Jersey waters on December 8, 2022 following a collision with a commercial cargo vessel, is to be raised for evidential and humanitarian reasons, the Jersey government confirmed via an official statement.

The States of Jersey Police made the recommendation to raise the wreck as it may assist in both the forensic and overall investigation.

The logistics of raising the wreck are being worked on with Ports of Jersey, which will be commissioning the salvage operation with a specialist third party entity.

The government estimates it will take around six weeks to initially mobilise the specialist team in Jersey. Following this mobilisation, the progress of the operation will be dependent on favourable weather conditions and other factors.

Other operational details will be provided in due course.

An independent investigation into the maritime incident is being led by States of Jersey Police and is ongoing.

The collision involving L’Ecume II and the Condor Ferries Ro-Ro Commodore Goodwill occurred at 05:30 local time on December 8. The trawler sank shortly afterwards with its crew of three still on board.

Search and rescue/recovery teams pulled the bodies of Filipino crewmen Jervis Baligat and Larry Simyunn out of the water in the days following the sinking. No trace of Micheal Michieli, the boat’s captain, has yet been found.

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