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Sinking cargo ship rescued in English Channel

EMS Majestic
Image caption Two of the ship's crew of seven were airlifted to land for safety reasons

A cargo ship has been towed to port in Southampton after it began taking on water and sinking in the English Channel, the coastguard has said.

The EMS Majestic, which is registered in Antigua and Barbuda, issued a Mayday call from its position in the Dover Strait just after 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

A number of ships in the area responded to the sinking vessel, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Two of the ship's crew of seven were airlifted to land for safety reasons.

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Image caption The cargo of the 90m long cargo ship has not been disclosed

Coastguard helicopter crews from Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, and Lydd, Kent, were scrambled for the rescue, along with the RNLI lifeboat from Eastbourne, East Sussex.

The EMS Majestic was towed to safety by the tug Thor Frigg.

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