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Mission assists Russian crew members of stricken Sea Breeze

By WBCraig  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

The stricken vessel Sea Breeze currently in St Austell

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VOLUNTEERS at a maritime support centre are making sure the five Russian crew members of the stricken cargo vessel Sea Breeze are being well looked after.

A salvage operation is underway to help save the Barbados-registered ship after it was

towed to St Austell Bay this morning.

Meanwhile, Falmouth’s Mission to Seafarers has been helping the crew members to contact loved ones and stay warm.

The five crew were rescued by Falmouth Lifeboat after their ship started sinking 10 miles off the Cornish coast yesterday morning.

Volunteers from the Falmouth Centre, Penny Phillips and Graham Hall, were at Falmouth Lifeboat Station at 9am this morning to welcome the crew ashore.

One crew member, who had a leg injury, was attended to by a waiting ambulance.

Olga Hilder, a volunteer Russian interpreter, helped the ambulance crew by communicating with the injured crew member during treatment.

The crew were then taken to The Flying Angel Centre and provided with a hot breakfast and helped to contact loved ones.

New clothing, shoes and socks were provided followed by lunch whilst the crew awaited news of the ship.

With no contact from the shipowner, The Mission to Seafarers, has paid for overnight accommodation and are in contact with the crew who might need to spend a second night in Falmouth.

Penny Phillips said: “If we hadn’t have been there waiting for them I don’t know what would have happened to them.

“Their feet were soaking wet and they had all their old work clothes on. A quick trip to the Town saw them kitted out with new clothes and shoes.

“We also got them toiletries for their overnight stay. All crew contacted home, and from one seafarer’s wife I got the thumbs up via Skype.”

The Captain of the vessel was taken onboard HMS Tyne to assist with salvage operations.

The crew are currently being interviewed by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

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