Oil slick fears for stranded trawler
A grounded French trawler leaking fuel oil could be left stuck beside a secluded Cornish cove into the weekend, the RNLI said.
The Scuderi has already lost ten tonnes of diesel – half its load – since it ran aground at Lankidden Cove, off the Lizard, at 11pm on Wednesday night.
Two attempts to re-float the fishing vessel failed yesterday, leaving it stranded offshore, between the villages of Cadgwith and Coverack.
The owners have called in a salvage company, but rescue efforts have been frustrated by the low, neap tides.
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Eyewitnesses reported seeing oil up to a mile from the site, which is close to shellfish beds and bathing waters, but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the leak had been contained.
Booms now surround the boat as a precaution.
Officials said anchors would be attached to stabilise the boat overnight.
"The plan is to remove the remaining fuel in the morning with a re-float attempt tomorrow lunchtime," an MCA statement said.
But the RNLI at the Lizard cautioned: "Due to the state of the tides, it may not be possible to refloat the vessel until early next week."