The 20 meter long fishing vessel Trec’her went aground on Batz Island, France. The trawler sent out a distress call with the French authorities dispatching a SNSM lifeboat and a Naval helicopter to the scene. The lifeboat reached the scene and found the trawler to close to rocks to allow the lifeboat to approach. The helicopter arrived and was able to hoist the five crew off the Trec’her to safety. The men were transported to hospital to be evaluated. Authorities dispatched a pollution control vessel to the scene. The Trec’her had six tons of diesel fuel in its tanks when it went aground.
The vessel sank on March 6 after a storm swept across the area. The vessel had been laying on its side since going aground. Waves had washed away much of the equipment before the vessel sunk during high tide. Local authorities have stated that debris from the trawler has washed ashore around the island. Restrictions to fishing has been imposed as the six tons of fuel was released into the water.