Families of five sailors who died off the coast of the United Kingdom say a SUBMARINE was involved in their deaths.
As an inquest into the fishing mystery resumes in London, the relatives of five sailors who died nearly 18 years ago believe their boat drowned after being caught by a military submarine.
The Bugaled Breizh sank in less than a minute in the English Channel, off the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, killing the sailors. An inquiry into the loss of this French trawler has resumed in London, focussing primarily on the deaths of two French fisherman, Pascal Le Floch and Yves Gloaguen. The tragedy also claimed the lives of three more men: Patrick Gloaguen, Georges Lemétayer, and Eric Guillamet.
Only Patrick Gloaguen, Yves Gloaguen, and Pascal Le Floch’s bodies were discovered.
When the wreck was refloated, the first victim was discovered, while the other two were discovered in English waters.
Their boat drowned in a region of the English Channel where NATO and Royal Navy submarine warfare exercises were to take place.
The restarting inquest is scheduled to take three weeks and will be presided on by Judge Nigel Lickley QC at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
On the balance of probabilities, these hearings will attempt to determine the causes and circumstances of the incident.
They will not decide on criminal or civil culpability, but will lay out facts that are important to the public.
The court will hear testimony from sailors, rescue workers, maritime specialists, and military officials during this procedure, with families of the victims invited to testify at the start of the sessions.
However, the families of the victims have alleged from the start that a British or American submarine got trapped in the boat’s nets and dragged it down.
The Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy have also denied that a British submarine was involved.
Mr Lemetayer’s children are represented by lawyer Dominique Tricaud, who told AFP: “This gives us a lot of optimism.
“This case will be heard in the London court for three weeks.
“It will get to the bottom of things, and the families who have never given up will never have such high hopes again.
“The families believe the (British submarine) HMS Turbulent was to blame for the sinking and are waiting for the evidence to be presented in court.
“They aren’t seeking vengeance, but they can’t weep over a state lie.”
Also present was Frank Ryan of the law firm Vardags. “Brinkwire News Summary.”