Fishing boat sinks after collision with cargo ship off Tynemouth coast

At 3.40pm on Sunday, the skipper of a 9.9m North Shields -based trawler made a distress call after a collision with a 1,700-tonne 81m cargo ship that had recently sailed from Blyth. The fishing vessel was badly damaged and started taking on water, leading to flooding in the engine room. UK Coastguard’s Humber Operations Centre called Tynemouth RNLI and it’s all-weather lifeboat went to the aid of the fishing boat and her two crew. A number of other nearby vessels also responded to the distress call, notably the offshore support vessel Ocean Marlin which launched a boat in case the fishermen needed immediate evacuation. >click to read< 17:56

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