July 2, 2010 / 10:45 AM / 9 years ago

France to look at possible U.S. sub link to sinking

PARIS (Reuters) - Suspicions that a U.S. submarine may have accidentally sunk a French fishing boat, killing five sailors, will be investigated by magistrates, a French appeal court ruled on Friday.

The Bugaled Breizh sank mysteriously in the English Channel on January 15, 2004, a day before NATO forces started military exercises in the area.

A first court ruling had ruled out any military involvement in the incident.

However, the sailors’ families appealed in light of a research report which concluded that the ship may have been pulled under by a U.S. submarine patrolling the area.

Reporting by Thierry Leveque and Pierre-Henri Allain; Writing by Julien Ponthus and Sophie Taylor; Editing by Michael Roddy

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