Russia bodies not Hull trawler crew

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Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Bodies found buried on the Rybachy peninsula in Russia are not crew members of the Gaul, a Hull trawler which sank in 1974.

Russian authorities carried out DNA tests on the bodies to establish whether they could be members of the missing crew, but they proved not to be of British origin.

According to a statement released by Humberside Police, the tests showed that the remains probably belong to Northern Russian or Finno-Ugric people.

A positive result would have led to further police investigation of the bodies, buried on the peninsula by locals in 1975, but the force said the tests had brought their involvement to an end.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch carried out surveys on the Gaul after it was found in 1997 with no bodies aboard.

The remains of Maurice Spurgeon, James Wales, Stanley Collier and Clifford Briggs were located in 2002 but the other 32 crew members remain missing.

Relatives are frustrated by the termination of the investigation but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it has no reason to doubt the conclusive findings in Russia.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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