Relatives of five French fisherman who died when their trawler mysteriously sank off the Lizard coast are presenting a memorial in their memory on The Lizard.Bugaled Breizh family plaque will be unveiled at The Top House today (MAR 7) marking the disappearance of their loved ones on January 14 2004 off Lizard Point.
The relatives are visiting Cornwall to screen a moving film depicting their 9-year battle to uncover the truth behind why their trawler sank.Jacques Losay's film, The Silent Killer, looks in to the trauma suffered by the families when all five crew members were lost after the Bugaled Breizh sunk 37 seconds after it was last reported to have spoken to a neighbouring vessel.
Only three bodies were recovered , two from the sea off the Lizard Point and one from the trawler when it was finally lifted from the seabed. Last month French authorities ruled out the involvement of the Royal Navy submarine Turbulent in the sinking of the vessel.
Two expert reports went against the long held belief of the families that a submarine had got caught up in the trawler's nets and dragged it down. Cornish delegate to Breton, Beatrice Kerno from Porthleven organised screenings of the film which is being shown at fishing harbours in Cornwall.
It was first seen at Newquay Fishermens and Rowing Club on Sunday where a petition was started in the hope of gaining 100,000 signatures to be presented to parliament.
The film is being shown at Porthleven Village Hall tonight (WED 6) and was seen in Newlyn on Monday. It will be screened at Looe Lifeboat house tomorrow at 7pm. Each session will be followed by question and answers with the boat owner and family representatives.
Mrs Kerno said: "The film depicts their efforts during the past nine years to find the truth about what happened when the boat mysteriously sunk."A lot of French fishermen use Newlyn harbour and are well known by local men. The Cornish fishing community has a lot of sympathy for the relatives and have been appalled by what has happened."
Many local fishermen, she said, claimed to have encounters with submarines losing equipment and nets while at sea.She added: "It has been a very emotional trip for them (Breton families). They have many unanswered questions and want clarity and closure. They have appreciated the Cornish support and have been very moved by the following."