Rescue airlift for car carrier crew

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Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Twenty-five crew members of a car carrier run aground near the Isle of Wight are being airlifted by a coastguard helicopter.

The cargo ship became grounded on Bramble Bank in the Solent at around 9.20pm yesterday and begun listing to one side.

HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a helicopter was mounting a rescue for the crew while RNLI lifeboats from Yarmouth, Calshot and Cowes were also sent to the scene.

It is not yet clear how the boat managed to get into difficulty.

A spokesman for the RNLI said: “Currently four RNLI Lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth are in attendance alongside the Solent Coastguard Helicopter, Southampton Patrol and four tug boats, two from Esso and two from Southampton Docks.

“The ship’s crew are being rescued from the water and from on board the stricken vessel, which is at a list of 45 degrees.”

Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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