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Bugaled Breizh Belated Reply from Coroner

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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The Breton Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) Bugaled Breizh sank suddenly off the Lizard in January 2004 all hands on board were lost.

The sinking has been surrounded by controversy ever since not least because a large NATO exercise (similar to that held earlier this year when a North Irish Fishing Vessel was snagged) was about to get underway. A large number of submarines from the UK, French, Dutch, US and German Navies were on route to the exercise or in the area. Indeed the first vessel to respond to the sinking was a submarine of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

In addition the MFV Bugaled Breizh was a well maintained modern vessel and her crew were very experienced – not the type of vessel to be overwhelmed easily in the weather conditions at the time.

The vessel was eventually raised and an enquiry conducted by French maritime investigators (the BEA). However the family were unhappy over this and have pressed for a further more independent judicial enquiry. There quest for this was helped by the announcement some months ago that the Senior Coroner for the County of Cornwall Dr Emma Carlyon would hold an inquest into the deaths of the crewmen.

The Celtic League has been involved in enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Bugaled Breizh. It is not the first time we have, as part of our military monitoring remit, undertaken such work. Indeed one of the very first such enquiries we undertook over 30 years ago was into the loss of another Breton trawler (Cite D’Aleth) in 1983 off Wexford.

The attached link refers to plans by TV channel FR3 to make a documentary which subsequently transpired and they visited Mann and were shown our files on such incidents which are now held in the Manx Museum Library by me:

https://www.agencebretagnepresse.com/11135

Anxious to ensure that the Cornwall Coroner had as much information about these events as possible I wrote to her on behalf of the Celtic League in July. The letter is quite detailed and can be found at this link:

https://www.celticleague.net/news/bugaled-breizh-league-send-correspondence-to-coroner-2/

Today we received a reply from Dr Carlyon which is not particularly detailed and simply says she notes ‘with interest’ our concerns and says she is determined ‘to ensure there will be a full enquiry into the matter within the remit of the Coroner’s statutory obligations’.

What particularly interested us however was the letters opening line which said, ‘Thank you for your letter dated 1 July 2015 which I have just received’.

Most strange, I know in the distant past Cornwall was thought of a remote area but for a letter sent in July to only just turn up is peculiar to say the least!

We will of course follow Dr Carlyon’s enquiry with interest and provide updates.

Links below to the MFV Bugled Breizh and MFV/Sub issue;

https://www.celticleague.net/news/mod-to-attend-inquest-into-loss-of-bugaled-breizh/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/league-call-for-maritime-law-update-as-bugaled-breizh-is-remembered/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/bugaled-breizh-credible-international-enquiry-needed-to-resolve-mystery/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/more-league-records-archived/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/submarine-problem-resurfaces/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/submarine-trawler-issue-imo-urged-to-act/
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10/11/15

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MoD to Attend Inquest into Loss of Bugaled Breizh

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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The BBC in Cornwall is reporting that the Ministry of Defence will attend the inquest that the Coroner for Cornwall is undertaking into the loss of the Breton trawler Bugaled Breizh.

This is an important development and one the relatives had been hoping for.

The MOD involvement will enable the Coroner to query the exact location of all submarines active in the NATO exercise underway at the time. Crucially she may also be able to press the MOD for any information that they have on possible surveillance of the exercise by submarines from another State.

Its well known that NATO exercises have in the past attracted scrutiny from naval assets of the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile in a related development families of the crew members attended the unveiling of a memorial on the Lizard to those who died on Thursday.

The BBC Cornwall report can be accessed here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-33568677

Related Celtic News item here:

https://www.celticleague.net/news/bugaled-breizh-league-send-correspondence-to-coroner/

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League

18/07/15

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Bugaled Breizh League Send Correspondence to Coroner

Monday, July 6th, 2015

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The Celtic League has written to the Coroner for Cornwall following news that she may undertake an enquiry into the loss of the fishing vessel MFV Bugaled Breizh off the Lizard in January 2004.

The League enclosed information they believe may be helpful to the Coroner (see below);

“Dr. Emma Carlyon
Coroner of Cornwall
14 Barrack Lane
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2DW

1st July 2015

Dear Dr Carlyon,

I am writing to you because I understand you may open an inquest into the unfortunate deaths of the crew members of the Motor Fishing Vessel Bugaled Breizh which sank of Cornwall in January 2004

I am aware that there has been speculation that the vessel may have foundered as a consequence of being snagged by a submarine. This is one of a number of theories relating to the sinking.

The Celtic League from 1982 onwards until the end of the Cold War compiled a dossier on suspicious incidents involving MFVs and submarines and indeed we campaigned successfully to have the problem recognised as a hazard to fishermen by the International Maritime Organisation. With the assistance of sympathetic TDs in the Irish parliament we did eventually get the Irish government to formally raise the issue with the IMO and the IMO subsequently adopted resolution A599(15) on 17th November 1987 which was itself superseded by A709(17) on the 6th November 1991. This resolution is the International standard governing interaction between submarines and motor fishing vessels.

In addition the Royal Navy follow a code of Practice which can be viewed at this link:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20081120170436/http:/royalnavy.mod.uk/upload/pdf/%5B(1423)-08-07-2002%5DUK_FV_Code_for_www.pdf

As indicated the scale of the problem caused by submarine activity to MFVs seemed to tail off at the end of the Cold War. We therefore concluded our monitoring although we did periodically correspond with UK Naval authorities about issues including the MFV Bugaled Breizh. The MOD will have copies of this correspondence I feel sure. Our own records relating to the period 1982-2008 are lodged in the Library of Manx National Heritage (there are also additional files/correspondence in the National Library of Wales.

Recently because of heightened cold war tension and specifically a number of incidents in which MFVs have been snagged we once again raised the issue of compliance with International Regulation with all NATO submarine operating powers and the Russian Federation.

I am sorry to say that only two governments responded. First the German government replied very promptly saying training on the requirements of A709 (17) is an integral part of their submariner training. The Royal Navy also sent a response following a further query however although they indicate safety issues such as this are a priority they do not indicate that A709 (17) is integral to this training. I enclose copies of the German Navy and Royal Navy responses.

As indicated other countries have not replied despite follow-up and this is an issue we have now raised with the IMO (see attached). I should however clarify that in correspondence almost two decades ago the Royal Netherlands Navy said that it did comply with IMO provisions at that time the (now superseded) A599.

It is sadly the case that trawler men have one of the most dangerous livelihoods and any number of issues can lead to the catastrophic loss of an MFV.

However I would highlight to you three specific tragedies in which submarines are known or thought to have been involved:

The Irish MFV Sheralga was capsized in seconds 20 miles off the Co Louth coast in 1982. The crew (who fortunately were rescued) believed it was a submarine, The MOD denied involvement but fortunately a member of the Celtic League had taken photograph just hours before of Royal Navy submarine HMS Porpoise on passage towards the area. The MOD eventually admitted responsibility although it was never explained why the shipwrecked fishermen had been left in the water (as indicated above and fortuitously they were rescued by another trawler) Report on adjournment debate in the Dáil refers to Sheralga and other sinking’s link here:

https://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail1989030700030

The French (Breton) Trawler Cite DAleth capsized suddenly on 12th January1983 of Wexford. The sinking’s was so sudden that only a partial mayday was sent. All ten men on board were lost.

The Scottish MFV Antares was sunk on the Clyde on 22nd November 1990 within seconds by HMS Trenchant again the submarine did not alert shore based rescuers and only surfaced and notified a possible snagging after one hour. All the crew of Antares drowned. MAIB Report here:

https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/54c1127c40f0b6158d00001b/MAIBReport_AntaresHMSTrenchant-1992.pdf

The Welsh MFV Inspire was capsized (5th September 1988) by the wash of a submarine travelling at speed in a semi-submerged state off the coast of mid Wales. One of the two man crew drowned. The evidence of the other (survivor) was enough to have an inquest return a verdict of unlawful killing although the submarine was not identified and the MOD denied responsibility. See link to Parliamentary Answer:

https://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1991/nov/21/mfv-inspire

Although a news report by the investigative reporter Nick Davies say’s the RN eventually admitted responsibility. I cannot confirm the accuracy of this.

There are other incidents but what I think is crucial about these few examples is that they prove interaction between submarines and MFVs invariably results in the vessel sinking within seconds. Other instances of foundering e.g. the snagging of an undersea object invariably give the crew enough time to either put out a specific mayday or launch safety rafts.

I hope you will find this information helpful to your enquiry and I also hope that you are able to assist the unfortunate relatives of those lost on the MFV Bugaled Breizh to get closure.

Sadly I know from dealing with relatives from many such tragedies over the years how agonising it is when they cannot get answers.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

Encl:

Correspondence: German Naval attaché London Embassy
Correspondence: International Maritime Organisation – Maritime Safety Division
Correspodence: RN Navy Command – Portsmouth”

The Celtic League has monitored Submarine/MFV interaction for decades (see archive news report 1980s – CL contribution 10 minutes in):

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League

01/07/15

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Bugaled Breizh League Send Correspondence to Coroner

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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BUGALED BREIZH LEAGUE SEND CORRESPONDENCE TO CORONER

The Celtic League has written to the Coroner for Cornwall following news that she may undertake an enquiry into the loss of the fishing vessel MFV Bugaled Breizh off the Lizard in January 2004.

The League enclosed information they believe may be helpful to the Coroner (see below);

“Dr. Emma Carlyon
Coroner of Cornwall
14 Barrack Lane
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2DW

1st July 2015

Dear Dr Carlyon,

I am writing to you because I understand you may open an inquest into the unfortunate deaths of the crew members of the Motor Fishing Vessel Bugaled Breizh which sank of Cornwall in January 2004

I am aware that there has been speculation that the vessel may have foundered as a consequence of being snagged by a submarine. This is one of a number of theories relating to the sinking.

The Celtic League from 1982 onwards until the end of the Cold War compiled a dossier on suspicious incidents involving MFVs and submarines and indeed we campaigned successfully to have the problem recognised as a hazard to fishermen by the International Maritime Organisation. With the assistance of sympathetic TDs in the Irish parliament we did eventually get the Irish government to formally raise the issue with the IMO and the IMO subsequently adopted resolution A599(15) on 17th November 1987 which was itself superseded by A709(17) on the 6th November 1991. This resolution is the International standard governing interaction between submarines and motor fishing vessels.

In addition the Royal Navy follow a code of Practice which can be viewed at this link:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20081120170436/http:/royalnavy.mod.uk/upload/pdf/%5B(1423)-08-07-2002%5DUK_FV_Code_for_www.pdf

As indicated the scale of the problem caused by submarine activity to MFVs seemed to tail off at the end of the Cold War. We therefore concluded our monitoring although we did periodically correspond with UK Naval authorities about issues including the MFV Bugaled Breizh. The MOD will have copies of this correspondence I feel sure. Our own records relating to the period 1982-2008 are lodged in the Library of Manx National Heritage (there are also additional files/correspondence in the National Library of Wales.

Recently because of heightened cold war tension and specifically a number of incidents in which MFVs have been snagged we once again raised the issue of compliance with International Regulation with all NATO submarine operating powers and the Russian Federation.

I am sorry to say that only two governments responded. First the German government replied very promptly saying training on the requirements of A709 (17) is an integral part of their submariner training. The Royal Navy also sent a response following a further query however although they indicate safety issues such as this are a priority they do not indicate that A709 (17) is integral to this training. I enclose copies of the German Navy and Royal Navy responses.

As indicated other countries have not replied despite follow-up and this is an issue we have now raised with the IMO (see attached). I should however clarify that in correspondence almost two decades ago the Royal Netherlands Navy said that it did comply with IMO provisions at that time the (now superseded) A599.

It is sadly the case that trawler men have one of the most dangerous livelihoods and any number of issues can lead to the catastrophic loss of an MFV.

However I would highlight to you three specific tragedies in which submarines are known or thought to have been involved:

The Irish MFV Sheralga was capsized in seconds 20 miles off the Co Louth coast in 1982. The crew (who fortunately were rescued) believed it was a submarine, The MOD denied involvement but fortunately a member of the Celtic League had taken photograph just hours before of Royal Navy submarine HMS Porpoise on passage towards the area. The MOD eventually admitted responsibility although it was never explained why the shipwrecked fishermen had been left in the water (as indicated above and fortuitously they were rescued by another trawler) Report on adjournment debate in the Dáil refers to Sheralga and other sinking’s link here:

https://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail1989030700030

The French (Breton) Trawler Cite DAleth capsized suddenly on 12th January1983 of Wexford. The sinking’s was so sudden that only a partial mayday was sent. All ten men on board were lost.

The Scottish MFV Antares was sunk on the Clyde on 22nd November 1990 within seconds by HMS Trenchant again the submarine did not alert shore based rescuers and only surfaced and notified a possible snagging after one hour. All the crew of Antares drowned. MAIB Report here:

https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/54c1127c40f0b6158d00001b/MAIBReport_AntaresHMSTrenchant-1992.pdf

The Welsh MFV Inspire was capsized (5th September 1988) by the wash of a submarine travelling at speed in a semi-submerged state off the coast of mid Wales. One of the two man crew drowned. The evidence of the other (survivor) was enough to have an inquest return a verdict of unlawful killing although the submarine was not identified and the MOD denied responsibility. See link to Parliamentary Answer:

https://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1991/nov/21/mfv-inspire

Although a news report by the investigative reporter Nick Davies say’s the RN eventually admitted responsibility. I cannot confirm the accuracy of this.

There are other incidents but what I think is crucial about these few examples is that they prove interaction between submarines and MFVs invariably results in the vessel sinking within seconds. Other instances of foundering e.g. the snagging of an undersea object invariably give the crew enough time to either put out a specific mayday or launch safety rafts.

I hope you will find this information helpful to your enquiry and I also hope that you are able to assist the unfortunate relatives of those lost on the MFV Bugaled Breizh to get closure.

Sadly I know from dealing with relatives from many such tragedies over the years how agonising it is when they cannot get answers.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

Encl:

Correspondence: German Naval attaché London Embassy
Correspondence: International Maritime Organisation – Maritime Safety Division
Correspodence: RN Navy Command – Portsmouth”

The Celtic League has monitored Submarine/MFV interaction for decades (see archive news report 1980s – CL contribution 10 minutes in):

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League

01/07/15

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Submarine Threat to Fishing Safety Governments Challenged

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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The Celtic League have challenged all powers who navies operate submarines around the Celtic countries to set out what steps they have taken to implement International Maritime Organisation resolution A.709(17)

AVOIDANCE BY SUBMERGED SUBMARINES OF FISHING VESSELS AND THEIR FISHING GEAR

The move comes following the anniversary of the sinking of the Breton trawler, Bugaled Breizh on January 18th 2004. The Breton trawler is believed by many to be the latest casualty of a collision between a submarine and the vessels fishing gear. The trawler capsized suddenly off the Lizard in good weather conditions a NATO naval exercise was underway at the time and in addition to a number of NATO submarines several other subs were in the area. There is also speculation that submarines from the Russian Federation were monitoring the exercise.

The Celtic League was one of the key campaign groups which lobbied the IMO to act and adopt A.599(15) the precursor to resolution A.709(17).

Enquiries have been sent to the governments of The United States, The Russian Federation, The United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Norway, Germany and Poland via their military attaches in their United Kingdom (London) Embassies.

The text is set out below:

“Dear Sir,

Last weekend on the anniversary of the loss of the Motor Fishing Vessel, Bugaled Breizh, (in January 2004) a commemoration was held in Brittany by relatives and supporters of those crew members who died. Many of those affected by this tragedy believe the MFV in question may have been lost due to a collision with a submerged submarine although to date all enquiries to substantiate this theory have proven inconclusive.

The Secretary General of the Celtic League has used the anniversary of the Bugaled Breizh tragedy to call for improved regulation of maritime safety to minimise the number of incidents between MFVs and submerged submarines.

For information – The Celtic League is an organisation with branches in the six Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Mann, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany). It campaigns on a broad range of issues and is recognised as an NGO by the United Nations.

During the period between 1980 and the min 1990s there were a number of sinking’s and damage to MFVs which were in collision with submarines.

In 1982 the MFV Sheralga (from Ireland) was sunk by the British submarine HMS Porpoise in the Irish Sea.

In November 1990 the MFV Antares from Scotland was sunk by the British submarine HMS Trenchant (all hands on board died) in the Clyde.

In 1988 the Yacht Dalraida was in collision with HMS Conqueror in the North Channel.

In 1989 the MFV Scotia was snagged by HMS Sceptre near the Isle of Lewis

In addition in the 1980s at least two MFVs (one from N. Ireland and another from the Isle of Man) were snagged and towed for some time by USN nuclear submarines.

There were many more unresolved losses of MFVs in good weather conditions in areas around the British Isles used for dived submarine operations and within which submarines of all the powers we are contacting were known to operate.

The above are just some of the incidents which we have monitored over the years and whilst the Celtic League confines itself to events in waters around the British Isles and off Brittany we are aware that MFV submarine incidents have occurred elsewhere in European waters and indeed globally.

The United Kingdom and United States government have admitted to incidents and paid compensation but we are also aware that boats of all the submarine operating powers including from NATO countries and Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) operate in waters around the Celtic countries.

At its 15th Session in November 1987 the International Maritime Organisation after many years of lobbying adopted a resolution to address this problem – Resolution A.599(15).

Resolution A.599(15) was eventually revoked and superceded in November 1991 by IMO Resolution A.709(17)

That resolution in paragraph seven:

“Invites Governments to:

a) bring the above recommendation and the concern expressed in this resolution to the attention of authorities, commanders and officers responsible for operating submarines;
b) develop local arrangements to establish procedures to promote safety of fishing vessels and submarines in areas considered prone to mishaps between fishing vessels and submerged submarines; and
c) ensure that submarines navigating through areas where vessels are known to fish use all reasonably means for determining the presence of such vessels and their fishing gear to avoid endangering such vessels and their gear”

Can we ask since resolution A599(15) and A709(17) were adopted what steps your country has taken to implement it and what initiatives have been taken to give effect to the steps outlined in (a) (b) (c) above.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

Related links here at the Celtic League archive:

https://www.celticleague.net/news/league-call-for-maritime-law-update-as-bugaled-breizh-is-remembered/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/ceremony-will-remember-fishermen-victims-of-sub-incident/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/as-east-west-tensions-rise-will-deadly-undersea-menace-return/

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

19/01/15

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League Call for Maritime Law Update as Bugaled Breizh is Remembered

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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The Secretary General of the Celtic League has used the anniversary of the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh to call for further improvements to both International and Domestic maritime law so that Submarine/MFV collisions will be avoided in the future.

The Celtic League took a prominent role some years ago in pressing the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to act. Eventually via the Irish government and particularly the work of Hugh Byrne TD the IMO adopted Resolution A 599 (15) (since superceded by A 709 (17) ).

The statement from Celtic League Secretary General, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, is set out below:

“A ceremony will take place today (Sunday 18th January) in Brest and Loctudy, Breizh (Brittany) to remember the loss of the five fishermen aboard the Bugaled Breizh trawler, which sank off the coast of the Lizard in Kernow (Cornwall) on the 15th January 2004. After ten years it is still a mystery as to why the vessel sank.

One overriding theory to explain the sinking remains, which is the strong possibility that the vessel was sunk by one of the many submarines from different States that were in the area at the time playing NATO war games. However many of the military authorities responsible for the submarines from the various State jurisdictions, including Britain and the Netherlands, vehemently deny that their submarines had anything to do with the incident and some evidence has been produced to show this was the case, even though some of what was presented was contradictory.

Traces of titanium paint found on the fishing nets of the Bugaled Breizh trawler, allegations that one of the submarine commanders had since admitted to several ‘close shaves’ with fishing boats in the past and had even reported damage to his submarine during the NATO exercise in question and the possibility that a mysterious Russian submarine had also been in the area spying on the NATO war exercise, suggest that a submarine may well have been responsible for the sinking. If the Bugaled Breizh had been sunk by a submarine it would not have been the first time that such an accident had occurred, as the Celtic League has well documented in its reports on these matters over the years.

The sinking of the vessel has inspired a book (Le Bugaled Breizh, les secrets d’états autour d’un naufrageto) to be written and a film (The Silent Killer) to be made about the incident and in 2013 a memorial photograph of the Bugaled Breizh was unveiled at a pub on the Lizard, Cornwall by the owner of the vessel to remember the fishermen who lost their lives.

However, as the League’s Director of Information, Bernard Moffatt, commented in an earlier post that even though the campaign must continue to be pursued to obtain answers, “with the passage of time it becomes more and more difficult to get an adequate solution to these mysteries”.

The answer to why the Bugaled Breizh sunk on 15th January 2004 with the loss of all five fishermen aboard could still be discovered, but it is by no means certain. The inquiry into the incident has proved inconclusive, but surmised in 2008 that the possibility that the trawler sank as a result of contact with a submarine that was in the vicinity at the time remains the most likely cause. Due to the fact that a specific submarine has not been identified as the direct cause of the sinking, the families of the fishermen and the owner of the vessel have not been able apportion blame and have not received any compensation for their loss.

The Celtic League remembers the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh today, along with all those gathered in Brest and Loctudy, and hopes that at some point in the future an answer as to why this terrible accident occurred is forthcoming. One thing for certain that needs to occur is for communication lines between the military and civilian authorities to be further strengthened and exclusion zones around our coasts for dived operations be established so that unnecessary deaths, like those caused through the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh, do not ever happen again.”

Link for IMO Resolution A 709 (17) is set out below:

https://www.imo.org/blast/blastDataHelper.asp?data_id=22523&filename=A709(17).pdf

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

18/01/15

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Ceremony Will Remember Fishermen Victims of Sub Incident

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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This weekend (Sunday) there will be a ceremony held in Brest/Loctudy to commemorate the crew of the Breton trawler Bugaled Breizh which was sunk off the Lizard on January 18th 2004.

The tragedy has long been surrounded by controversy not least because on the day of the sinking there were submarines in the area associated with a major NATO exercise underway at the time.

The military have resolutely denied any involvement in the sinking however the families of those who died still think there are many unanswered questions.

The Celtic League campaigned vigorously in the months and years following the sinking we chased up leads in correspondence with the military in both the UK and France however all avenues led to a dead end.

There is no doubt that the family of the crew members who died on the Bugaled Breizh deserve answers and the campaign must go on to try to uncover the truth.

Sadly however with the passage of time it becomes more and more difficult to get an adequate solution to these mysterious.

Ironically the Celtic League campaign, which started after the Irish fishing Vessel MFV Sheralga was sunk by the Royal Navy in 1982 (the crew were rescued), only really got in to gear after a sinking one years off Wexford of the Breton trawler Cite D Aleth with the loss of all ten crew members.

https://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=270078

The Cite D’Aleth was just one of a number of suspicious sinking’s in the Irish and Celtic seas whilst the undersea cold war between NATO and Russia was waged. Many of the ships lost disappeared inexplicably in good weather, nearly all well maintained boats with experienced crews.

The Celtic Leagues dossier of information was cited in a major debate in the Irish parliament in 1989 when Hugh Byrne TD (a vigorous campaigner in his own right on this issue) spoke at length.

https://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0387/D.0387.198903070132.html

Before the end of the cold war the International Maritime Organisation did finally act and adopt a resolution on the issue in addition some NATO countries such as the United Kingdom introduced new ‘codes of practice’ for submariners.

But the issue did not go away and no better illustration of that is there then the fate of the Bugaled Breizh whose crew member’s relatives have joined the long list of those seeking answers about the fate of loved ones.

Related links:
https://7seizh.info/2015/01/13/brestloctudy-double-hommage-aux-marins-du-bugaled-breizh-dimanche-18-janvier/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/as-east-west-tensions-rise-will-deadly-undersea-menace-return/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/submarine-narrowly-misses-fishing-boat-off-coast-of-ireland/

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J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

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Celtic League kernow: Bugaled Breizh Inquiry Call

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

One of the most highly successful Celtic League campaigns was that mounted in the 1980-90s to highlight the dangers posed to Motor Fishing Vessels (MFVs) by the submarine forces of NATO and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War.

The League was eventually able via the assistance of various parliamentarians and members of the Dail in forcing the International Maritime Organisation to adopt special safety resolutions to address the issue. This was eventually followed by codes of practice adopted by the United Kingdom covering UK coastal waters.

Sadly whilst our campaign went on suspicious sinking’s of MFVs continued, many unexplained to this day but in some instances with a high probability of submarine involvement.

Also, sadly, the problem did not entirely end with the détente which enabled NATO and the (now defunct) Warsaw Pact to end their deadly game of cat and mouse in coastal waters.

The most recent tragedy was that involving the MFV Bugaled Breizh and now the Cornish branch of the Celtic League are asking that this tragedy is not forgotten and that a proper enquiry is held.

This from Mike Chappell of Celtic League Kernow:

“We still remember the ‘Bugaled Breizh’ – Call for open and full inquiry

Eleven years have now passed since the sinking of the Breton fishing boat ‘Bugaled Breizh’ (Children of Brittany) on 15 January, 2004.
The entire crew of five lost their lives.

Eleven long years of unanswered questions for the families of the Breton fishermen and the owner of the 103 ton trawler from Loctudy in Brittany all of whom remain uncompensated for their tragic losses.

The vessel was well known in Newlyn where she was a frequent visitor.

What exactly happened at 12.25 hours some 26 kilometres south west of Lizard Point, Cornwall on that fateful day remains unresolved.
Weather conditions were good and a sudden and brief radio message made from the vessel informed that it was sinking quickly.
After these words, ‘Come quickly. We are sinking’, no further information was transmitted such as exact co ordinates and no on board lifeboat ever launched.

Air Sea Rescue helicopters were supported by vessels including lifeboats from Penlee and the Lizard as well a Dutch submarine.

The lifeless bodies of skipper Yves Gloaguen, aged 45 years from Finisterre and Pascal le Floch, aged 49 years from Morbihan were soon recovered.

The French authorities in Quimper immediately commenced investigations.

Informally, several explanations were preferred for the sinking, amongst them a fishing accident, collision with some other object – a rock, other vessel or wreck, even a sandbank and a more sinister explanation, that the loss had been caused by a submarine.

A NATO exercise was occurring in the area involving submarines from Holland, Britain, France and that of another unknown country.
On 10th July, 2004, the Bugaled Breizh was raised from the sea bed and a third body recovered, that of Patrick Gloaguen aged 35 years, from western Finisterre.

No damage was found on the vessel other than to the fish tanks which had been compressed due to water pressure.

Eric Guillamet aged 42 years and Georges Le Metayer aged 50 years also from western Finisterre remain missing presumed lost.

During November, 2006, the French Marine Accident Investigation Office published its report stating that the proposition of net entanglement with a submarine was extremely unlikely and that it was more likely that the nets had become caught on a sand bank.
This caused outrage amongst the fishing community particularly bearing in mind that an expert witness declared that a nuclear submarine when entangled with trawler nets could pull down a vessel of up to 250 tonnes in 80 seconds. It was felt that the French authorities were trying to massage the truth in order to avoid a diplomatic incident. Suspicion fell upon several British nuclear submarines even though their cover stories appeared good.

Finally, a French Judicial enquiry reported at the end of July, 2008 that is was extremely likely that the Bugaled Breizh has indeed been lost as a result of an accident with a submarine which pulled the vessel to its doom by its nets.

But, due to the fact that there had been several submarines in the area at the time including one unidentified one, no individual country’s navy could be implicated and therefore no claim for compensation lodged.

Since 1970, the Celtic League has monitored and recorded possible accidents between fishing vessels and military submarines and has estimated that no less than 20 boats have been lost together with the lives of over 150 fishermen.

The Cornwall Branch of the Celtic League continues to call for an open and full inquiry into this matter for the sake of the families of those lost souls. Accordingly, this call has been passed to Andrew George MP whose parliamentary constituency takes in the far west of Cornwall and who has also called for the truth to be revealed.”

Wherever you live in the Celtic countries and member of the Celtic League or not you can support the initiative by Celtic League Kernow by writing to Andrew George MP and supporting their call for action

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

31/12/14

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Bugaled Breizh: Credible International Enquiry Needed To Resolve Mystery

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The controversy surrounding the sinking of the Breton trawler, Bugaled Breizh, continues with new suggestions that a US nuclear submarine may have been involved.

Independent expert Dominiques Salles who was tasked by the French courts with examining the theory that a submarine was involved has concluded that a US navy submarine monitoring movements of military grade plutonium from the French port of Cherbourg to Japan on board a British nuclear transport may have been involved.

He is calling on the US Navy to reveal the position of all its nuclear submarines in the area at the time of the sinking.

However, in common with other Navies, the United States are notoriously secretive about submarine movements and his request is likely to go unheeded.

In any case the theory seems implausible. In the past in some instances where US submarines have snagged MFV’s they have surfaced, particularly if on training or non-military operations. It seems unlikely (though not impossible) that the commander of a US vessel would have subordinated his responsibilities to assist mariners in distress when carrying out what was purely an observational mission.

The original theory that the loss of the Bugaled Breizh was connected to the NATO exercise still seems the most credible explanation and many ambiguities still surround the course and location of the various submarines involved in that exercise.

It is clear that no national government can resolve the mystery of the tragic loss of this vessel and all her crewmen. It is past time a credible international body such as the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) convened an enquiry to determine accurately the circumstances of this fatality.

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J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

14/05/10

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