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Press Notice No: 005-13
Monday, January 14, 2013
Posted 13:58 GMT

UPDATE: TUG AND TOW VESSELS OFF TORBAY

The tug Christos XXII, damaged after the vessel it was towing collided into its side off Torbay yesterday, is now stable with risk of pollution very low.

Attention has now turned to the towed vessel, an ex German Naval training ship the Emsstrom, which had been listing too heavily for salvors to get onboard. This vessel has now sunk, approximately 2.5 nautical miles east by north from Hopes Nose, Torquay in 23 metres of water.

This ship is empty and is not a pollution risk.

ENDS

Eight crew members were rescued from the tug boat Christos XXII a mile off Hopes Nose near Torbay on Sunday 13 January, after it began taking on water when it was struck by a vessel it was towing.

Posted By: Joanne Rawlings

For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401

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