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VIDEO: Dramatic footage of crew being winched from sinking cargo ship Sea Breeze off Lizard Point

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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A crewman is winched to safety from the sinking cargo ship 10 miles off Lizard point. Image and video footage courtesy of the RNLI

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A CARGO ship continues to sink 10 miles off the Cornish coast as a crewman is winched to safety by the search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

The remarkable footage was captured by the RNLI, which joined Coastguards in rescuing six men from the stricken vessel, named Sea Breeze, this morning.

The ship was transporting limestone from Liverpool to Shoreham when the engine room became flooded at around 7.10am, and malfunctioning pumps failed to clear the rising water.

Salvage teams are now involved in a race against time to save the vessel from sinking, pumping water out of the hull as quickly as they can.

A tug boat was reportedly on its way to the scene this afternoon, in the hope that Barbados-registered Sea Breeze can be towed back to the docks.

A spokesman for Falmouth Coastguard said this evening: “We are still working out a salvage plan.”

Speaking earlier today, Alex Greig, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "We were able to get lifeboats and the helicopter on scene quickly, along with other vessels that were in the vicinity.

"The lifeboats and helicopter pumped water off the cargo vessel, whilst HMS Tyne was on its way with commercial pumps.

"However, unfortunately, the smaller pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water and the crew had to abandon ship at 08:40 am.”

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