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Pere Charles salvage faces delays November 6, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in Ireland & the Irish.
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The wreck of the ill fated Pere Charles fishing trawler is due to be salvaged about now and what remains of the vessel and contents raised to a platform barge, some 4 miles off Hook Head in Co.Wexford.

There are however some delays in the operation as a dispute arose between the Irish Coast Guard and the company tasked with raising the boat.  It seems the wreck is upside down on the sea bed with one view being to turn it before it is raised, while the salvagers themselves favour raising the boat in an upturned state.

I think that this situation must be handled very tactfully as there were 5 men on that trawler who drowned – none of whose remains have ever been recovered.  To raise the boat in an upside-down manner – and it’s being raised to determine whether there are any bodies on board -would surely lead to whatever (if anything) was onboard, falling out on its way to the surface.

I sincerely hope that the families of the victims of this sea tragedy find some closure from this week’s events.