Freighter Musketier in English Canal was boarded from helicopter to wake the crew

MRCC Calais late at night Aug 6 spotted freighter in English Canal, which stranded off traffic zone and was heading towards French coast in a reckless manner, not answering VHF calls. It was general cargo vessel Musketier en route from S-Petersburg to Bermeo Spain, with cargo of steel. MRCC contacted Navy, which sent a helicopter to wake up the crew. Helicopter hovering above didn’t succeed, either, so a member of helicopter team was lowered down on freighter’s deck. Finally, crew and Captain woke up, and corrected the course. MRCC sent to freighter tug Abeille Languedoc (IMO 7710525) with 5 gendarmes on board, to make sure crew won’t change their minds and go to mattresses again. What caused such a deep sleep, is yet unknown, but it may well be plain tiredness, without alcohol or drugs involvement.

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