Thursday 14 December 2017

Police investigating discovery of baby's body on board trawler which regularly visits Irish port

French police conducting investigation

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

French police are investigating the discovery of a baby's body on board a trawler which had berthed in Ireland just two months ago.

The grim discovery was made when the trawler docked in Lorient in Brittany and a crew member, while conducting a routine inspection of the freezer, came across a small bag.

On examining it, he was shocked to realise it contained the body of a small infant.

French police were notified and the body was removed for a post mortem examination.

The nature of the police investigation will be determined by the results of the post mortem examination.

It is believed the body was that of a newborn.

In a follow-up operation, a property in Brittany was searched and it is understood other foetal remains were found.

It is unclear whether these are linked to the discovery in the trawler freezer or may involve another infant.

The vessel is French registered and operated by a French crew, most of whom are Bretons.

It is understood the French police, from their initial investigation, are satisfied that the discovery is not linked in any way to Ireland.

The vessel involved, after a careful search by forensic experts, has resumed fishing operations.

The trawler is a regular visitor to Irish waters and docks in ports across the south-west for resupply.

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