French trawler leaks fuel into Devon river

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Media captionRNLI and fire service rescuers save the crew of sinking French trawlers in Dartmouth harbour

A French fishing trawler has leaked 2,000 litres of fuel into a Devon river.

The diesel from the Saint Christophe has been removed by the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority.

The trawler, which moored at Dartmouth last week to take refuge from storms, is thought to still contain more than 10,000 litres of fuel.

The wreck will remain at Town Quay, Dartmouth, until the boat's insurance company can remove it.

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Image caption The Saint Christophe remains at Town Quay, Dartmouth

Harbour master Captain Rob Giles said a pollution control plan had been put in place within two hours of the boat sinking on 10 March.

"We have ribbed a third boom around the vessel for extra protection and to be able to remove the diesel," he said.

"We have assessed that 2,000 litres of fuel has been removed so far and we believe there is 8,000 to 12,000 litres left."

He said the harbour authority will keep the trawler stable until the insurance company comes up with a plan to remove it.

"We cant go much more towards Easter without there being some sort of implication for other mariners," he said.

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Image caption The Saint Christophe begins to sink after taking refuge at Dartmouth
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Image caption A rescue operation got under way to rescue 10 fishermen from their sinking trawler

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