It could take weeks to bring the team to safety, and the death of a volunteer navy
diver yesterday underscored the risks.
The rocky outcrop - deserted apart from a few shacks and a single, rarely- used toilet - was annexed on Sunday by 73-year-old Raspail leading a seven- strong force of "volunteer Navy
Peter and Anne Mourant succeeded where King Harold failed by dispatching a force of seven Gallic "volunteer Navy
fuseliers" after they had tried to annexe the tiny island of Minquiers, south of Jersey.