Cornwall

Cornwall rescue for sinking cargo vessel

  • 9 March 2014
  • From the section Cornwall

Efforts are under way to save a cargo vessel which started sinking about 10 miles off the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

All six crew of the Barbados-registered Sea Breeze were rescued by RNLI lifeboats from the Lizard and Falmouth.

The captain is still at the scene, on board the Royal Navy ship HMS Tyne while an assessment is made on salvaging the ship.

Coastguards said "a couple" of the crew had minor injuries.

Image caption The crew of the Sea Breeze were brought to shore in two RNLI lifeboats
Image caption The Sea Breeze was transporting limestone to Shoreham in West Sussex

'Fairly bleak'

The 87m (285ft) long Sea Breeze, which was carrying limestone from Liverpool to Shoreham in West Sussex, sent a mayday call at 07:00 GMT.

A RNAS Culdrose helicopter was also called to the rescue.

Cdr Martin Shepherd from 771 Squadron said: "We tried to pump water from the engine room, but it looks fairly bleak for the vessel now."

Alex Greig, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "We were able to get lifeboats and the helicopter on scene quickly, along with other vessels that were in the vicinity.

"The lifeboats and helicopter pumped water off the cargo vessel, whilst HMS Tyne was on its way with commercial pumps.

"However, unfortunately, the smaller pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water and the crew had to abandon ship at 08:40 am.

"The captain has remained on scene on board HMS Tyne to help with the salvage operation."

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