Fishing trawler catches fire in English Channel and sinks

Trawler Camaléa (MMSI:227110600) was reported to be on fire on the afternoon of March 24th, 22nm north-east of Dieppe, The crew of four quickly evacuated the ship aboard a life raft. The CROSS engaged a Dragon 76 helicopter of civil security and the all-weather boat Notre Dame de Bon Secours from SNSM of Dieppe. A nearby fishing vessel “Majesty picked up the four crew members and headed for Dieppe. One of the sailors was slightly injured.

Gris-Nez CROSS sent a patrol boat  to the trawler in an attempt to extinguish the fire, with the support of the Dieppe SNSM’s all-weather boat but after two hours the engine room was still on fire. After a long battle the fire was out by 10:30 on March 26th and the vessel taken in tow, but due to her bad condition the Camaléa finally sank about 20 miles from Dieppe. No pollution was reported.