The search for three Jersey fishermen missing from the 18-metre trawler l'Ecume II resumed today after it was suspended overnight

The two crewmen onboard the l‘Ecume II which sank after being involved in an at-sea collision five-miles west of Jersey have been named

The two Filipino crewmen onboard the l‘Ecume II which sank after being involved in a collision with a ro-ro freighter west of Jersey on Thursday have been named.

Crewmen Larry Simyun and Jervis Baligat were onboard the L’Ecume II when it sank five-miles off Jersey at about 05:30 am on Thursday 08 December, Ports of Jersey said. The trawler was skippered by Michael Michieli.

The search operation for the three missing fishermen has now been switched to the recovery of the vessel which lies in 40-metres of water in the vicinity of where the collision occurred with the 126-metre Commodore Goodwill.

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The Ports of Jersey authority said:

“All possible rescue activities [have] been exhausted in an effort to find the three missing fishermen.

“We are aware that this is very difficult for friends and family of the men, and we extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragic incident.”

A remotely-operated underwater craft is expected to conduct a “more detailed survey” of the collision site to inform the recovery phase of the operation in the next week.

A sonar image showing the wreck of the trawler on the seabed (34822283)

A sonar image showing the wreck of the trawler on the seabed (34822283)

A large offshore support vessel, the Freja, commissioned by Ports of Jersey authority is conducting the survey off Jersey’s west coast today, Sunday 11 December.

A maritime exclusion zone is in place for the area, and “islanders are urged to respect this, so the vessel’s crew can complete their work unimpeded”, said the Ports of Jersey.

An investigation, led by Maritime Standards with support from police, has been commissioned.

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