Cargo ship capsized, drifting in English Canal after collision, crew safe
General cargo ship BRITANNICA HAV collided with fishing vessel DEBORAH, or maybe more correct, was struck by fishing vessel, at around 1440 UTC Mar 20 in English Canal north of Le Havre. According to MRCC Jobourg France, BRITANNICA HAV was breached portside with ensuing water ingress, developed a list and capsized, drifting west in the process. Seven crew went to life rafts and were picked up by DEBORAH, the only person slightly injured said to be DEBORAH’s skipper.
BRITANNICA HAV was en route from Spain to UK.
Capsized BRITANNICA HAV remained afloat and was drifting in southwest direction, monitored by SAR tug ABEILLE LIBERTE (IMO 9308699). Freighter’s crew were transferred to land by helicopter.
Fv DEBORAH, MMSI 205238490, length 39 meters, flag Belgium.
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