Sentence For Trawler Captain After Crewman’s Death Off Scilly

French Trawler, Le Tourmalet

A French deep-sea trawler skipper has been given a 12-month suspended sentence following the death of one of his crewmen in an accident off the coast of Scilly.

Jérémy Marteau, a 28-year old sailor, was washed overboard from the Concarneau-based boat, the Tourmalet, in October 2008, 45 miles northwest of the islands.

An extensive air-sea rescue was launched at the time, but his body was never recovered.

Last week, the captain of the trawler was given a 12-month suspended sentence by a court in the French city of Quimper, in northwest France, for breaches of health and safety regulations.

The sailor had not been wearing the required buoyancy aid.

The captain was also fined €10,000 and ordered to pay €77,000 in damages to the family of the dead sailor.