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Interim report into submarine incident

Full report due after consultation

The UK’s sea safety body says it’ll publish a report soon into an incident in Manx waters involving a fishing boat and a British submarine.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch says its investigation was delayed because it took four months to confirm a submarine was involved.

The Karen, a Northern Irish trawler, was fishing off the Calf of Man last April when her nets were snagged and she was dragged backwards through the water.

The skipper managed to free his vessel and headed to Ardglass for repairs.

The MAIB has now released an interim report into the incident, which says the sub is based at the Royal Navy base in Clyde – but no further details about the vessel have been released.

It says its investigation has concentrated on why the sub caught the nets, the emergency response and what’s needed to avoid another similar collision.

A draft report is now nearing completion, but the MAIB says it’ll be released to those involved for a 30-day consultation before the document is published.

But the organisation also says it’s possible more evidence will come to light that may alter its eventual conclusions.

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