The Dutch coastguard was able to rescue an 18-member crew from a vessel that encountered a collision with yet another vessel on Monday in the North Sea during a massive storm off the Netherlands coast.
The Maltese-registered cargo vessel named Julietta D. had set sail for Amsterdam from Germany, ran into a collision with chemicals and an oil tanker, the coastguard mentioned.
After a rescue operation with helicopters that lasted for almost an hour, the coastguard reported that 18 crew members were successfully taken off the vessel.
The Julietta D. is, at the moment, rudderless and continuously taking in water. The current situation on the oil tanker’s end is stable. Rescue operations were hampered due to Storm Corrie. It has resulted in wind gusts of up to 120km/h on the North Sea.
Thousands of houses in the Nordic region had no power on Monday. Besides, there were reports of tremendous flooding in Baltic and North Sea harbours in the region.
The west of the Netherlands got hit quite hard Monday morning, with strong gusts uprooting huge trees and resulting in traffic problems.