Bourbon Dolphin 'Unlikely to be Raised'

The wreck of the Bourbon Dolphin is unlikely to be raised, according to the vessel's Norwegian insurer. The Gard P&I Club said raising the vessel from the seabed in 1,100 meters of water was untried territory technically.

Seven crewmen and the 14-year-old-son of the captain lost their lives when the new anchor-handling vessel capsized and sank off Shetland almost three weeks ago.

The bodies of five of those who died have never been found and are believed to be still in the hull of the vessel. Seven crewmen survived the tragedy.

The Norwegian vessel now lies on the seabed 85 nautical miles to the northwest of Shetland, an area that is outside the territorial waters of any state.

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