An attempt to salvage a French ship that ran aground in Galway Bay gets underway.

The 2,600 tonne, 270 foot factory ship Capitaine Pleven II went aground in Galway Bay near Ballyvaughan on 5 April.

The storms of last weekend had failed to budge the vessel from the rocks. The weather has now improved making it possible for the salvage operation to begin.

Conditions in Galway Bay were moderate this afternoon as the salvage operation got underway.

The tug Salvageman sailed from the Bay of Biscay to carry out a preliminary inspection of the stricken ship and the whole operation is being observed by the Government Pollution Monitoring Committee. The ship is carrying an estimated 500 gallons of fuel. So far there have been no signs of any oil spillages.

The salvage operation is being managed by United Towing Company, a UK company headed by Michael Lacey who is hopeful that the ship will be refloated by the weekend, weather permitting.

Seamus McLoughlin, head of the government monitoring committee is optimistic that the salvage will be successful.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 April 1991. The reporter is Michael Lally.