In December 1979 the freezer trawler Ben Asdale was off loading fish in Falmouth Bay in a force eight gale, with heavy snow turning to blizzards. The ship drifted towards Maenporth beach where she ran aground. Two of her crew were lost and the only redeeming feature of that dreadfull night was the bravery shown by just about everybody involved. I am extremely lucky to have the Skipper’s first hand account, and the eyewitness account of the Captain of the rescue helicopter, who saved so many lives.
The Ben Asdale two days after she struck.