Attempts to re-float trawler stuck fast on rocks fail
A bid to re-float a French trawler grounded on rocks near Lizard Point will be staged again today after two attempts at the weekend were abandoned.
Salvage experts had hoped they might be able to shift the Scuderia from where she has been impaled on rocks since late on Wednesday night.
However, as high tide came and went on Saturday and Sunday the stricken ship remained resolutely stuck in place.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said an attempt was likely to be made at high water today.
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"The salvors are still working on the vessel," he said.
"They have not yet removed all of the fuel and they want to get as much off the boat as possible before re-floating it."
The ship, which ran aground at Lankidden Cove, between Cadgwith and Coverack at 11pm on Wednesday night, was thought to be carrying around 20 tonnes of fuel.
One of the Scuderia's five fuel tanks was ruptured in the incident and had been leaking diesel into the pristine marine environment.
As a result, a series of booms were placed around the vessel and the MCA said at the weekend that this work had been successful.
The organisation's spokesman confirmed that there had been no further tell-tale sheen observed on the surface of the water.
But he said that the remaining oil had proved difficult to remove and the ship was difficult to access.
"The salvors are keeping some fresh water on the vessel to provide ballast and they have attache straps and buoyancy aids to help it float.
"They are hoping to re-float the ship."
The high tide at Lizard Point in daytime today will occur just after 4pm and will be a higher water than any time during the weekend which it is hoped will give salvors the extra boost they need to free the ship.