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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.


Car transporter on fire off coast of Isle of Wight

The vessel's movements have been tracked - it is off the coast of Sandown on the isle of Wight Credit:

Specialists are being winched onto a car transporter ship diverted to Hampshire after it caught fire last night, 40 miles off Harwich in Essex.

The crew on board the Courage reported the fire to the UK Coastguard at Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre just before 10pm on Tuesday.

The coastguard had put the RAF Wattisham helicopter on standby, but it was not needed.

The crew used an inbuilt CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey. However because of the CO2 the corridors and areas around the deck cannot be accessed.

The car transporter is currently off the isle of Wight Credit: Darren Toogood

The vessel was diverted to Southampton. It is now off Sandown on the isle of Wight where it is being monitored by the the National Maritime Operations Centre. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are working together to make the situation safe.

A number of specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue assessment team will look at where the CO2 was used to make sure it’s safe for the pilot to get through to take the vessel alongside in Southampton.

Counter-pollution staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are monitoring the situation but say it is all contained.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service have said that the fire is now contained and under control. Five maritime response officers from the service have been winched aboard the vessel to assess the situation.

Rescue mission launched for diver off Dorset coast

Decision due on rescue operation for diver in Dorset Credit: Bing

A search for a diver who failed to resurface after an expedition off the Dorset coast was suspended overnight.

Lifeboats from Poole and Swanage and two search and rescue helicopters were launched in the rescue mission on Sunday evening. A decision will be made this morning in conjunction with Dorset Police and other organisations on the next steps for today.

Diver failed to resurface off the Dorset coast Credit: Bing


Powerboat crash teenager 'stable and improving'

The speedboat flipped over shortly after 8am Credit: Daniel Ubertini/Solent News

It's being reported that a teenager, critically injured after the prototype powerboat he was in crashed in the Solent, is out of immediate danger in hospital.

Simon Dredge suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash on Wednesday.

He was travelling in the boat along with three other professional crew including his father Peter, a champion powerboat racer.

Powerboat company, Vector World said the boat was on its first test run when it overturned.

A spokeswoman said: "We are encouraged to hear that Simon is stable and improving."

Peter Dredge, Simon Wood-Power, a powerboat racer and Lee Hurst, a powerboat engineer were all taken to Southampton General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

They have since been discharged.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated Credit: ITV Meridian
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Teenager fighting for his life after powerboat crash

A teenage boy is fighting for his life in hospital after a terrifying speedboat crash off the south coast.

Three other people on the powerboat were seriously injured when the vessel hit a navigation buoy and flipped over.

It happened at around 8.20am just outside the Hamble River, close to the Warsash Maritime Academy. The coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent and two RNLI lifeboat crews from Calshot raced to the scene. The Coastguard said it had received multiple 999 calls from onlookers on the beach who saw the accident or its aftermath.

Divya Kohli has our report.

Calshot RNLI volunteers took part in speedboat rescue

One of Calshot RNLI's lifeboats Credit: Calshot RNLI

‘We arrived within minutes to find a nearby workboat had managed to pull all four occupants of the speedboat from the water. Our RNLI crew members, which included a paramedic, immediately went aboard the workboat and began treating all four people who were injured. Three of them had suffered head injuries with one serious.’

‘A rescue helicopter then winched down a paramedic to our D-class RNLI lifeboat who was then taken aboard the workboat to help treat the injured.’

– Mark Weatherhead, Calshot RNLI Helmsman

Investigation underway after speedboat accident

A speedboat which overturned in Southampton Water near the River Hamble this morning has been towed inshore for further investigations to continue. Four people injured in the accident are in hospital - one with life-threatening injuries.

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