Ships collide in Channel
Two ships have collided in poor
visibility in the English Channel.
The Maltese-registered Gas
Artic, an LPG tanker which is carrying ballast, was on passage from
Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard when it collided with the
cargo ship Spring Bok.
Registered in the Netherlands,
the Spring Bok was sailing from Amsterdam to Oranjestad,
Aruba, and has 22 crew aboard.
Dover Coastguard said that when
the ships collided visibility was less than half a mile.
Dungeness all-weather lifeboat
was launched and the Coastguard also asked for assistance of HMS
Tyne which was passing through the Dover Strait at the
Phil Davis, watch officer at
Dover Coastguard, said: "The vessels have both incurred damage
above the water line but are fully capable of making their way to
Portland where they will be inspected."
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