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Crew abandons huge container ship as it almost keels over

The MSC Matilde ran into trouble in the early hours of Friday morning. Credit: Liverpool Echo.

A container ship crew were forced to abandon ship after it started tilting during the night.

The MSC Matilde ran into trouble in the early hours of Friday morning.

Pictures show the ship tilting dangerously to the right at the Liverpool2 docks in Seaforth, Liverpool.

The coastguard sent lifeboats, tugs and a pollution response vessel out to the scene after being contacted by Peel Ports who operate the dock.

The crew from the 20-year-old ship, which sails under the Panama flag, reportedly abandoned the vessel at 2am this morning.

TheY eventually returned to the ship at 8.30am once the vessel was righted.

"HM Coastguard was contacted by Peel Ports at around 2.25am today to report that a container vessel was listing just outside Gladstone Dock on the River Mersey. "Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI Hoylake lifeboats have been sent to the scene, two tugs and a tier 2 pollution response vessel are on standby as a precautionary measure.

"The MCA’s duty counter pollution and salvage officer, duty surveyor and the Marine Accident Information Board have been informed. "All ship’s crew onboard are safe and well."

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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