Crashed tug salvage operation

A salvage operation to save a tug containing 200 tonnes of diesel from sinking off the coast of Devon is "going well". There are fears for the Devon coastline after the tugboat became stranded. Eight people were rescued from the boat.

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Towed vessel has 'now sunk'

The tug Christos 22, damaged after the vessel it was towing collided into its side off Torbay yesterday, is now stable with risk of pollution very low.

Attention has now turned to the towed vessel, an ex-German naval training ship the Emsstrom, which had been listing too heavily for salvors to get onboard.

This vessel has now sunk, approximately 2.5 nautical miles east by north from Hope's Nose, Torquay, in 23 metres (75ft) of water.

This ship is empty and is not a pollution risk.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman

Tug salvage operation 'going well'

A salvage operation to save a tug containing 200 tonnes of diesel from sinking off the coast of Devon is "going well".

The pumping out of water continues to go well. The situation is more stable and it was confirmed at first light that there is no report of pollution.

Salvors are onboard the tug Christos XXII, pumping operations continue to go well.

Divers now deployed to inspect and repair.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman


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Tug awaiting divers to begin repairs

The latest from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency:

RNLI and Royal Navy vessels have now left the scene. Another tug has started salvage operations and is currently pumping water from the stricken tug.

The water level is continuing to fall and now awaiting divers to start repairs. Two more tugs are heading from Falmouth to assist.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Press Office

Fears for boat stranded off Devon coast

A salvage operation has been launched to stop a tugboat from sinking which is carrying 200 tonnes of diesel.

A Brixham Coastguard spokesman said:

The problem is this is happening quite close to shore and if this boat sinks there could be a big pollution problem.There is a lot of diesel on the boat, and there's a good chance the diesel would leak if it sinks.It would contaminate the local beaches - all this part of the coast is a holiday coastline.It is also a fishing area and would impact on the local birds and wildlife.

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.

Salvage operation launched to save boat off Devon coast

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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