Ship sailing to port after Eastbourne rescue

The EMS Majestic which began taking on water off the coast of Eastbourne. SUS-150712-100512001
The EMS Majestic which began taking on water off the coast of Eastbourne. SUS-150712-100512001

A ship feared to be sinking off the coast of Eastbourne last night (Sunday) is limping into port under its own power this morning (Monday December 7).

The EMS Majestic, a Antigua-Barbuda-flagged cargo ship, began taking on water off the coast of Eastbourne at around 7pm last night (December 6) leading to a major rescue operation.

Eastbourne RNLI all-weather lifeboat went to the vessel’s aid and helped with the evacuation of crew member throughout the night along with two coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent and Lydd.

Two of the ship’s seven crew members were airlifted to harbour for safety reasons during the rescue and will be reunited with the ship later today.

The cargo ship was initially being towed to Portsmouth Harbour by the tug, Thor Frigg, but is now heading into port under its own engine power.

The ship was on route from Rotterdam to St Malo when it began taking on water.

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