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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.


Protect the protectors - helping police victims of assault

Every year hundreds of police officers in our region are assaulted while on duty. Some suffer serious injuries, others are left with mental scars.

Now, Sussex Police has launched a new plan to make sure that staff who are victims of violence get the same help as members of the public.

Malcolm Shaw has been speaking to one PC who feared for her life when she was beaten up.

15 years on - search resumes for murder victim's body

The girlfriend of a Sussex student murdered in Australia fifteen years ago has returned there to try to find his body.

Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, who lived together in Brighton, were exploring the Outback when Peter was shot dead.

His killer, Bradley John Murdoch, tried to abduct Joanne but she escaped. Peter's body has never been found, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


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