Huge Cargo Ship Stranded in Storm Off the Yorkshire Coast Rescued


On December 15, a huge cargo vessel that beached on a sandbank after a power outage winched to safety.

What happened?

The cargo vessel ‘Thea II’ with 11 crew members beached on a sandbank after the vessel suffered a power outage during the height of Storm Deirdre. The 3,000-tonne ship became stranded three miles off Spurn Point in treacherous conditions.

Vessel refloated

The captain of the cargo vessel alerted the coastguard who dispatched tug boats, Humber RNLI lifeboat, and a coastguard helicopter took part in the rescue operation.

The crew members were safely rescued and the vessel was towed to the hull, where she is currently docked at King George Dock awaiting the further course of action.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said, “Just after 3pm on Saturday, Humber Coastguard was alerted the vessel, which has 11 crew on board, was in difficulty after a suffering a power outage and was dragging the anchor three miles east of Spurn. Good news is that she re-floated without pollution and has now berthed safely into King George Docks”.

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Source: Yorkshire Post


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