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Inspectors Says Royal Navy Submarine Towing Trawler Endangered Fishermen's Lives

13th October 2016
Paul Murphy, skipper of the trawler Karen that was dragged by RN submarine Paul Murphy, skipper of the trawler Karen that was dragged by RN submarine Photo: Bill Smyth/PA

#SubIncident - A submarine of the Royal Navy which towed a fishing trawler at speed through the Irish Sea endangered the lives of the crew, inspectors said.

As the Belfast Telegraph reports the Karen was trailed backwards at seven knots in April 2015 after the sub snagged in its nets 15 miles from Ardglass - one of Northern Ireland's main fishing ports in the south east.

Commanders were unaware of the collision until three hours later after they failed to realise they were passing beneath a fishing vessel with nets rather than a merchant cargo or passenger ship, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report said.

Steve Clinch, chief inspector of marine accidents, said: "Eighteen months ago, the actions of the command team of a Royal Navy submarine placed the lives of the crew of the trawler Karen in danger.

The newspaper has much more on the story by clicking here.

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