SAGA SKY Nov 22 Update: salvage completed, vessel safe
SAGA SKY was anchored off Dover at around 1900 UTC Nov 20, French emergency team, which boarded the vessel, found her seaworthy, though starboard hull breach was substantial. UK MRCC allowed SAGA SKY to remain anchored until morning Nov 21. Owner signed salvage contract with Les Abeilles, early in the morning Nov 21 vessel was taken on tow by salvage tug Abeille Languedoc, to be towed to Dunkerque. Vessel arrived at Dunkerque in the afternoon same day, and docked.
General cargo vessel SAGA SKY issued distress signal at 0720 UTC Nov 20, reporting collision with unmanned barge, loaded with stones, hull breach and water ingress, south of Dover, English Canal. It was decided to evacuate part of the crew not required by salvage works, reportedly 11 people out of total 23. As of 1330 UTC, 5 crew said to be airlifted.French salvage tug ABEILLE LANGUEDOC and RNLI Lifeboat approached troubled freighter. Freighter was said to be drifting after suffering power loss and steering, but according to available AIS track, vessel seems to be moving under own power, escorted by RNLI lifeboat and ABEILLE LANGUEDOC, in southeast direction, destination unclear. It is not clear what happened to barge, she looked like she interlocked with SAGA SKY in a collision. SAGA SKY was en route from Germany to Uruguay.