Full in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be car­ried out

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A FULL IN­VES­TI­GA­TION is to be car­ried out by the Depart­ment of De­fence into the sink­ing of the As­gard II.

Min­is­ter for De­fence, Wil­lie O’Dea T.D. made the an­nounce­ment late last week when news of the ac­ci­dent broke.

‘The cause of the ac­ci­dent is not yet known and a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be car­ried out. It is un­der­stood that the weather con­di­tions at the time were moder- ate,’ a spokesper­son said in the wake of the sink­ing.

The Am­bas­sador to France, Ann An­der­son trav­elled to Belle-Ile from Paris to meet with crew and trainees in the wake of their dra­matic evac­u­a­tion.

Fine Gael Spokesper­son for De­fence, Wick­low TD Billy Tim­mins, said that con­sid­er­ing the nos­tal­gia and his­tor­i­cal value of the As­gard to Ark­low in par­tic­u­lar he hopes to see ef­forts made to sal­vage the wreck.

‘If it can be done, I would like to see the As­gard II raised. At the very least I would hope to see ev­ery op­tion ex­plored and in­ves­ti­gated with a view to this. I ap­pre­ci­ate the lev­els of sad­ness and nos­tal­gia that pre­vail in Ark­low to­day. And I hope that ev­ery ef­fort will be made to sal­vage the ves­sel,’ said the Balt­in­glass-based Deputy.

The spot where the As­gard II went down.

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