l'ecume two fishermen named

Two fishermen recovered from the wreck of the l’Ecume II, have been named as Larry Simyunn and Jervis Baligat, from the Philippines. Photo: Ports of Jersey

The names of the two fishermen recovered from the wreck of the l’Ecume II, which sank after being in collision with another vessel on Thursday 08 December, have been released.

The deceased men have been named by the States of Jersey police as Larry Simyunn and Jervis Baligat, from the Philippines. The search for skipper, Michael Michieli continues.

The crewmen were onboard the 18-metre l’Ecume II when it was involved in a collision with the 126-metre ro-ro freighter, Commodore Goodwill northwest of Jersey Island in the area of St Ouen’s Bay, at around 05.30 the morning of 08 December. The l’Ecume II sank immediately.

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After been informed of the collision, the Ports of Jersey authority immediately launched a search and rescue operation and searchers later that day located the vessel on the seafloor in waters around 40-metres (131ft) deep.

On the evening of Friday 09 December after an unsuccessful sea search, the operation was concentrated to a search and recovery operation with the MV Freja, a large offshore support vessel, being brought into to search the area of the wreck with a remotely operated underwater craft.

On Tuesday 13 December, two bodies were located close to the wreck and were recovered and brought ashore on Friday 15 December.

At the announcement on Monday 26 December, the States of Jersey police said:

“The search will continue for skipper Michael “Mick” Michieli.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the families and friends affected by this tragedy.”

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)

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Two fishermen recovered from the wreck of the l’Ecume II named by police

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