A salvage operation to save a tug containing 200 tonnes of diesel from sinking off the coast of Devon is "going well".
The latest from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency:
A salvage operation has been launched to stop a tugboat from sinking which is carrying 200 tonnes of diesel.
A Brixham Coastguard spokesman said:
He added that if the boat cannot be saved the Royal Navy ships will instead begin the "difficult" task of pumping diesel out of the water.
A salvage operation to prevent a tugboat from sinking and leaking the fuel onto the nearby tourist beaches in Devon has begun with the help of two naval ships.
The Christos 22 had pulled into the coastline in order to check a problem when it was hit and began taking on water rapidly.
The Moto Vessel Emsstrom, the decommissioned vessel being towed by the tug became separated but has now been secured.
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency have confirmed that eight crew members were airlifted to safety last night after a tugboat was hit by the vessel it was towing off the coast of Torbay.
Two RNLI lifeboats which were sent to the scene were assisted by two Royal Naval vessels - the HMS Lancaster and the HMS Severn.