Crew evacuated from tilting cargo ship in Liverpool

The listing ship Image copyright Craig Duhamel
Image caption The MSC Matilde started tilting in the early hours in the River Mersey

A crew had to evacuate a ship after it started tilting in the River Mersey in the early hours.

The container vessel MSC Matilde was listing outside Gladstone Dock in Liverpool at about 02:00 BST.

A Peel Ports spokesperson said a controlled and safe evacuation of the vessel had taken place and it was stabilised at about 08:00 BST.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said assessments had been taking place to ensure it was safe to sail.

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Image caption Tests were being carried out to check the vessel was safe

A spokesperson for the MCA said: "All ship's crew onboard are safe and well.

"The vessel is now reported to be back on an even keel following a ballast transfer with unloading due to commence later today."

Image copyright RNLI
Image caption The vessel began to list in the early hours

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