Press release

Crew rescued from a sinking cargo vessel

Six people rescued from sinking ship 12 miles east of the Lizard in Cornwall.

Falmouth Coastguard has been assisting a cargo vessel which had 6 people on board and began sinking 12 miles east of the Lizard this morning.

Lizard and Falmouth RNLI Lifeboats and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose attempted to pump water out of vessel, the ‘Sea Breeze’, with their own pumps. Other merchant vessels, who heard the mayday relay broadcast from Falmouth Coastguard, also stood by in case they were required.

Alex Greig, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager says:

We received the mayday broadcast from the ‘Sea Breeze’ at 7.00am and 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 8.40am. Five of the crew are now safely ashore. A couple of them have minor injuries. The captain has remained on scene on board HMS Tyne to help with the salvage operation.

Additional information

The Sea Breeze is an 87-metre Barbados flagged cargo vessel with 6 crew onboard. It is carrying 2,750 tons of limestone and was bound for Shoreham at the time of the incident.

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