Eight people have been rescued off the coast of Devon from a tug which is carrying 200 tonnes of diesel. It was damaged whilst travelling from Germany to Turkey last night. A salvage operation to prevent the boat from sinking and leaking the fuel onto the nearby tourist beaches is underway.
Christos 22 had pulled into the coastline in order to check a problem with the tow when it was hit and began taking on water rapidly. Torbay Life Boat and Exmouth Life Boat were the first to respond to a May Day call, rescuing six of the eight crew who were unhurt.
A salvage operation's underway to prevent a 44 metre tug from sinking off Torbay.
Eight crew members were rescued overnight in an operation involving lifeboats from Torbay and Exmouth and two naval ships after the vessel was reported to have a hole in it.
Brixham coastguard have been working throughout the night to pump out water from the Christos.