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MoD admits sub behind incident

Almost sank fishing vessel near Island in April

The Ministry of Defence has admitted one of its submarines was snagged by a fishing boat off the Island’s coast earlier this year.

 

The trawler MV Karen was 18 miles off the Calf of Mann when the British sub caught its nets in April, almost sinking the vessel and causing £10,000 of damage.

 

In a written statement to the House of Commons, Armed Forces minister Penny Mordaunt admitted it was a Royal Navy submarine – and apologised for the delay in finding out what happened.

 

She said the sub didn’t correctly identify the Karen and didn’t give her the berth she would otherwise have had.

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