Lizard memorial to crew of sunken French trawler Bugaled Breizh
3:00pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
A memorial has been unveiled at The Lizard to remember the victims of a French fishing vessel that sank off Lizard Point.
A framed photograph showing a model of the Bugaled Breizh will now be hung at the Top House Inn as a lasting memorial to the five crewmen who lost their lives.
French model maker Dominque Launay and Michel Douce, who owned the vessel, were among those attending a ceremony to present the photograph to landlord James Glosby.
The five Breton fishermen had left Newlyn on January 15, 2004, on their return journey to their home port of Loctudy in the 'La Cornouaille' region of southern Brittany, but only made it as far as The Lizard.
Beatrice Kerno, Cornish delegate to Breton, said: “This is a memorial to where it went down.”
She added that there are now plans to hold an annual event on January 15 to mark the loss.
Nine years have now passed, yet the crewmen’s families are still searching for answers to their questions as to what happened to their loved ones.
Only three bodies were ever recovered, two from the sea off the Lizard Point and one from the inside of the trawler when it was finally lifted from the seabed.
There are still two crewmembers unaccounted for.
A film has been produced in Brittany called The Silent Killer, which looks into the possible circumstances surrounding that day.
This was shown at a series of viewings in the area when the crew’s family members travelled to Cornwall.
Each showing was accompanied by a discussion, with a question and answer session led by filmmaker Monsieur Jacques Losay whose daughter lost her father-in-law.
These representatives of the Breton Research team have toured the film throughout the whole of Brittany over the past year, culminating recently with a presentation to the French Senat (parliament) in Paris.
A petition has now been launched calling for further investigation into the incident. After being put forward at each film showing it will go online, with the aim of achieving 100,000 signatures to present to parliament.