Ship taking on water in English Channel

2016-11-20 17:49

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London - British coast guards rescued crew members from a damaged cargo ship taking on water in the English Channel on Sunday as a storm lashed England's south coast with rain and strong winds.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 200m Saga Sky hit a barge full of rocks after losing power and breaking free of its anchor near Dover. A tug was dispatched to tow it to safety.

Duty commander Steve Carson said two helicopters were on hand to airlift the 23 crew members from the ship.

The Meteorological Office said 54mm of rain fell in Exeter, southwest England, during Storm Angus, the first big storm of the autumn-winter season in Britain.

Forecasters said gusts of up to 130km/h hit the south coast, with a gust of 156km/h recorded offshore. Firefighters called to a seafront blaze in the town of Bognor Regis said they struggled to stand up in the strong winds.

The storm was expected to move away from Britain into the North Sea later on Sunday.

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