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.
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