Inquiry into beaching of fishing boat off Lizard
An investigation is under way into how a French fishing vessel came to be beached off the Lizard Peninsula last week.
The Scuderia spent five days impaled on rocks before it was successfully recovered by salvage operators on Monday.
The vessel has now safely arrived at Falmouth Docks where repairs are expected to be made to make it seaworthy.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which oversaw the operation, confirmed questions were being asked about how the ship, whose last port of call was Roscoff in Brittany, came to be so close to the Cornish coast.
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"An investigation is under way," said a spokesman.
"The Marine Accident Investigation Branch will also be looking into this matter."
The Scuderia got into trouble just after 11pm last Wednesday, when the crew contacted Falmouth coastguard reporting that they had run aground at Lankidden Cove, between Cadgwith and Coverack.
The Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI lifeboat from 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 ship's five fuel tanks was ruptured causing an estimated ten tonnes of fuel to leak into the marine environment.
Simon Porter, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's counter pollution and salvage officer, said the Scuderia was away from the Lizard.
"We have been working with the salvage company, insurers and partner agencies to limit the impact on the local environment," he said.
"Leaking fuel was contained in the surrounding area.
"We are delighted to see the vessel returned safely to harbour."