Search to resume for three missing at sea

A SEARCH for three Jersey fishermen lost at sea after a collision between their boat and the Commodore Goodwill yesterday is set to resume at first light today with a remotely-operated vehicle.

The incident happened at about 5.30am, as the 126m-long freight boat made her way south from Guernsey to Jersey.

Marine tracking showed the collision between the Jersey trawler L’Ecume II and the Goodwill three-and-a-half miles west of St Ouen’s Bay.

Jersey’s lifeboats were quickly on the scene and the wreckage found on the seabed.

But despite help from the Channel Islands Air Search, Guernsey and Jersey’s lifeboats and numerous other vessels, there has been no news on the crew.

Fishing boat L'Ecume II. (Picture courtesy of Jersey Evening Post)

‘Search and rescue services will regroup before first light to consider the findings of the search by the remote operation vehicle [an uncrewed underwater craft] before deciding how to proceed,’ a Jersey Coastguard spokesman said last night.

‘Commercial shipping has been rerouted eastbound around the island to avoid the search area.'

Anyone finding debris on beaches is asked to report it.

The Goodwill, which is the main freight boat for the Channel Islands, has been moored in St Helier since the incident and today’s sailing to Guernsey was cancelled.

Condor also has the Arrow and Clipper for Channel Island freight transportation.

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