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Dramatic moment brave rescuers battle Storm Angus to save crew of sinking cargo ship caught on camera

This is the dramatic moment brave rescuers[1] battled Storm Angus to save the crew of a sinking cargo ship which was caught on camera. The footage of the perilous rescue shows the full extent of the damage along the hull of the vessel the Saga Sky – which has numerous holes taking in water. Half of the 23-man crew were winched by helicopter from the deck of the boat adrift in the English Channel after it hit a barge full of stones – lost power and began taking on water as dawn broke.

The UK Coastguard, assisted by the RNLI[2], said it was dealing with a ‘major incident’ – and used two helicopters to pluck 11 crew from the deck of the ship while the rest remained on board to try and deal with the issues. The 220-metre long vessel – flying a Hong Kong flag – called for help at 7.20am this morning. At the time it was about three miles south west of Dover near Samphire Hoe – although it has since hit the Varne Bank.

It said at the time “it had lost power and steering”.

Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandA lone figure can be seen near the helicopter hovering just metres above the deck of the stricken vessel – and the barge of stones is in the foreground Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandThe giant holes resulting from the collision are clear to see in the side of the hull Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandTwo RNLI crews were on hand should anyone fall into the water during the dramatic rescue – or the helicopters be unable to reach the crew

Unconfirmed reports say it was ‘holed’, ‘taking on water’ and ‘drifting’ following the collision with the unmanned barge – the name of which is also yet to be confirmed. The RNLI dispatched two lifeboats – which launched from Dover and Dungeness – to stand by as the chopper teams swung into action in seas where a wind of 97mph had been registered just hours earlier.

Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandThe bravery of the coastguard rescue in these conditions is astounding Hong Kong Saga Sky cargo ship, which has lost power in the Dover Street as a result of Storm AngusA rescue helicopter plucks crew from the stricken vessel in choppy waters

The nationalities of the rescued crew remain unknown – and the incident is ongoing – but so far no injuries have been reported.

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A coast guard helicopter attends the scene where at least five crew members have been evacuated from a cargo ship Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandThe chopper had to come in low over the deck of the ship to pick people up

The Saga Star is currently receiving assistance from a French tug called the Abeille Languedoc sent from Boulogne in France. Nobody is understood to have been on board the stone barge at the time of the collision, according to the UK coastguard.

Crew members were evacuated after Cargo ship Saga Sky was damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near Dover, EnglandThe vessel is heading towards Folkestone now – full of holes Cargo ship Saga Sky has been damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near DoverThe barge full of stones can be seen near the Saga Sky which got into trouble

A spokeswoman for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch confirmed at midday that it is deploying a team to Dover today “and conducting a safety investigation” into the incident – which will look into the causes.

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Earlier Mirror Online reported[3] that Storm Angus winds of 97mph had been registered in the English Channel – and all ferries out of Dover were cancelled this morning.

Stranded Cargo boat of the Dover Coast today in KentA figure watches the rescue operation stricken vessel from the shore – as waves crash into the cliffs Cargo ship Saga Sky has been damaged after hitting rocks in a storm on the English Channel near DoverThe barge full of stones was unmanned at the time of the collision

Duty commander Steve Carson said during the rescue: “The weather conditions this morning are particularly challenging and we have declared this a major incident.

“We are now planning to evacuate the crew from the cargo vessel and our HM Coastguard helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent are on the scene.”

A coast guard helicopter attends the scene where at least five crew members have been evacuated from a cargo ship The incident is taking place near DoverWaves crashing against Dover harbour wall as Storm Angus hit on Sunday morning

The Saga Sky was built 20 years ago – in 1996 – and is said to carry general cargo.

It is 199.2 metres long by 30.57 metres wide – and was travelling from Brake in Lower Saxony in Germany where it set off from around 40 hours ago (at 10am Sunday morning).

Its previous destination is unknown – but it is now makings its way to Folkestone under its own steam after the crew managed to get the engines going again at around 2pm.

References

  1. ^ rescuers (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ RNLI (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mirror Online reported (cms1a.mirror.co.uk)



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