Authorities prepare to raise L’Ecume II wreck

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ANCHORS marked with yellow buoys have been deployed in preparation of the lifting of the wreck of the L’Ecume II fishing trawler.

Southampton-based vessel Willsupply recently left Jersey waters after positioning four anchors next to the wreck site of L’Ecume II, which sank following a collision with the Commodore Goodwill on Thursday 8 December.

Yellow can buoys attached to anchors have been placed to mark the area of the wreck

Two bodies were recovered from the wreck and identified as crewmen Jervis Ramirez Baligat and Larry Simyunn from the Philippines, but the third person on board – skipper Michael ‘Mick’ Michieli – has not been found.

In February, senior civil servant Richard Corrigan announced that the decision had been taken to raise the wreck for both ‘evidential gain and for humanitarian reasons’.

He explained that lifting the vessel from the seabed would allow it to be inspected, and would also help to ‘conclusively’ determine whether the body of its skipper was trapped aboard.

The maritime exclusion zone will remain in force in the area until the recovery operations are completed.

The wreck is due to be raised by the end of this month – subject to an appropriate weather window and the acquisition of specialist equipment – before being taken to a secure location for forensic examination as part of the States police investigation.

The anchors have been marked with yellow can buoys, which have reflective tape and will flash red once every two seconds.

They have been positioned within the 250m exclusion zone that covers the wreck.

Harbourmaster Bill Sadler Picture: ROB CURRIE. (35559290)

In a notice to mariners, Harbourmaster Bill Sadler said: ‘Mariners are advised that the exclusion zone remains in force and to keep clear of the wreck site at all time. This notice will remain in effect until the wreck recovery operations are complete.’

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