On the afternoon of Aug 28, the fishing vessel Scuderia sailed from Roscoff in northern France towards fishing grounds off the Lizard Peninsula. At about 2230 she ran aground at Lankidden Cove between Cadgwith and Coverack.
Shortly after 2300, the Scuderia contacted Falmouth Coastguard reporting that they had run aground at Lankidden Cove. The Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI lifeboat from the Lizard were sent to the scene, but it was not possible to refloat the vessel.
The five crew members on board were not injured, but one of the vessel’s fuel tanks was damaged, losing approximately 10 tonnes of fuel. A boom was put around the vessel to contain the leaking fuel. The skipper, Gilles Lemaitre, aged 38, stated the grounding had been caused by him falling asleep on the bridge after having had little sleep when off-watch and self prescribing codeine tablets.
Salvors were appointed to stabilise the vessel, remove the remaining fuel on board and recover the vessel. At around 1500 on, Sept 2, the Scuderia was successfully refloated with the aid of buoyancy bags. There were no further reports of any pollution. Overnight, the fishing vessel was securely moored to a buoy off Falmouth and she then berthed in the docks. That evening, the Scuderia was lifted from the water for inspection of any damage.
On Sept 6, Lemaitre appeared before Truro Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to endangering his vessel and crew together with failing to keep a proper lookout after falling asleep.
The skipper was ordered to pay £11,155 in fines and costs, made up of £2,800 for conduct endangering ships structures and individuals,