Home   Romney Marsh   News   Article

Two rescued after yacht and cargo vessel collided near Dungeness

By KentOnline reporter

Two people had to be rescued after a 2,000-ton cargo vessel and a yacht collided in the English Channel.

The Coastguard received a mayday call at 4.10am this morning and scrambled its search and rescue helicopter from Lydd to the incident near Dungeness.

The Dungeness RNLI lifeboat rescued two people from the yacht, who are understood to be safe and well.

Scroll down for audio

Dungeness RNLI rescue boat was launched
Dungeness RNLI rescue boat was launched

Dover RNLI lifeboat and Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Team were also called out.

The yacht, a catamaran which measured about 42ft long, has become entangled with the superstructure of the 270ft cargo vessel and will need to be released, but is thought to be intact.

However, its mast has been destroyed.

The cargo ship was on its way from Riga in Latvia to Shoreham in West Sussex.

The Maritime & Coastguard’s enforcement team and the duty surveyor are monitoring the situation.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has also been told.

Kaimes Beasley, maritime operations controller at Dover Coastguard, said: "Collisions are relatively infrequent.

"There did used to be quite a few collisions in this part of the world simply by virtue of the number of vessels in transit around the south coast.

"Now, statistically, there are fewer than one per year."

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More