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21 crew 'safe & well' after ship fire in English Channel

The fire is believed to have started in the cargo area

A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team was airlifted on board a ship which caught fire in the English Channel after leaving Southampton headed for the USA at about 3.45am on Friday.

The fire took hold in the cargo area of the US car carrier ‘Honor’ while it was en route to Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, USA.

The emergency team was transported to the vessel by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lee on Solent in Hampshire.

Their mission was to investigate the fire damage and determine whether or not it was safe for the vessel to return to the Port of Southampton.

The ship returned to land last night. Its 21 crew have been reported to be safe and well. The vessel will remain in Southampton over the weekend. Further updates will be released on Monday.

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Calls for Royal Navy to patrol the English Channel in migrant crisis

Royal Naval ships could soon be patrolling the Channel to intercept an increasing number of migrants trying to reach the Kent and Sussex coast. It's been reported that the Border Force, which is responsible for protecting Britain's borders, has asked the Ministry of Defence for more support saying that cuts in staffing have left it struggling to cope on its own. It follows the discovery of 18 Albanian migrants in a dingy off the coast Dymchurch just over a week ago. Tom Savvides talks to Kevin Mills from the Public and Commericial Services Union and the MP for Hove, Peter Kyle.

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Inquest into death of woman who swam the Channel

An inquest into the death of a woman who died while attempting to swim the Channel is due to open today.

Susan Taylor collapsed in July 2013 close to the French coast.

She was swimming the route for charity.

Her friend, Kathy Bates, then took on the challenge swimming from Dover to France.

Susan Talyor died while trying to swim across the Channel to France

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Channel swimmer on home straight

A Channel swimmer from Dover is close to completing her attempt to conquer the "Everest of open water swimming." Kathy Batts set off at 7:30am yesterday morning.

She was determined to take on the challenge - just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor collapsed and died in the water, one mile off the French coast. This video is from roughly the half-way point and is courtesy of http://www.lovechannelswimming.com/swims.

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Kathy's Channel challenge as she takes on the 'Everest' of swimming

A swimmer has set off from Kent, attempting to cross from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France. Kathy Batts is taking on the gruelling 21-mile challenge just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor, who was attempting the same challenge, collapsed and died just one mile short of the French Coast.

Having started at 7am on Tuesday 6th August Kathy hopes to reach France before midnight on the same day.

A few days ago our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Kathy and her family about the Channel attempt. The swimmer was keen to explain why she was determined to go ahead with what some call the 'Everest' of open water swimming.

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