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Two Bodies Found At Site Of Sunken Fishing Boat

Survey vessel Freja at work off Jersey's west coast. Source: Marine Traffic.

Two bodies have been found in the area of the sunken fishing trawler L'Ecume II.

Policed say the search and recovery operation is ongoing and will continue while the weather permits.

The boat sank after colliding with the Commodore Goodwill on the morning of Thursday 8 December.

An extensive two-day search failed to find survivors.

Family members of the three lost fishermen continue to be supported by the Police Family Liaison Officers.

 L'Ecume II skipper Michael Michieli

 Jervis Baligat and Larry Simyun

A large offshore support vessel - brought in by Ports of Jersey  - has been using an underwater robot to make a detailed search of the collision site since Sunday morning.

The information will be used to plan a recovery of the wreckage.

More than £80,000 has been raised for the family of Filipino crewmen Larry Simyun and Jervis Baligat in an appeal set up by the daughter of skipper Michael Michieli.

Two investigations are running into the cause of the maritime incident.

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