Seven crew members of a cargo ship were rescued in the North Sea last weekend after the vessel sank off the coast of Ramsgate, England.
The UK Coastguard said it coordinated an extensive search and rescue effort overnight, involving helicopters and rescue boats, after Barbados-flagged M/V Fluvius Tamar sank around 35 nautical miles northeast of Ramsgate, at about 1 am.
UK Coastguard Duty Commander Steve Carson said the weather on scene had been challenging, but the multiple assets sent to the scene were able to rescue all the crew onboard of the vessel.
The vessel was reportedly en route from Eemshaven in Netherlands to Pasajes, Estonia when it lost seaworthiness due to the heavy seas and bad weather.
Fluvius Tamar was carrying 3,800 tonnes of Magnesium oxide onboard and 80 cubic meters of diesel fuel when it sank, and currently lies at a depth of about 40 meters.
An investigation has been launched into the incident by local authorities and officials are currently monitoring the site for oil leaks and water pollution.
Reports said four members of the crew were rescued by liferafts delivered by the Finnish merchant vessel Norstream, which had arrived at the scene first after answering the distress call. The remaining three crew were rescued from British waters by helicopter.
Expressing his relief over the rescue of crew members of Fluvius Tamar, Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Plymouth port chaplain Ann Donnelly said that such accidents highlight the dangers that seafarers constantly encounter while bringing us the goods and necessities we buy.
Built in 2009 by Shipkits, the 90-meter-long Fluvius Tamar has 4,200 DWT and gross tonnage of 2,876 GRT.