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The inquests into the deaths of two French fishermen, Mr Gloaguen and Mr Le Floch who died when their Vessel, the Bugaled Breizh sank in January 2004, concluded on 5 November 2021. Harriet Wakeman, led by Jonathan Hough QC, was instructed as Counsel to the Inquests.
Following a 3 week hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, HHJ Lickley concluded that the deaths of Mr Gloaguen and Mr Le Floch were accidental, in addition to providing a supplementary narrative which concluded that a submarine was not involved in the sinking and that the probable cause of the sinking was a ‘soft snag’ of the fishing trawl gear on the sea bed which led to the progressive loss of stability of the Vessel.