BREAKING NEWS: Major rescue off the coast of Eastbourne

Breaking news
Breaking news

Seven people are currently being airlifted to safety from a sinking vessel off the Eastbourne coast tonight (Sunday).

The cargo ship is said to be 15 miles off the coast and Eastbourne’s lifeboat is currently helping in the major rescue operation.

The vessel, believed to be the EMS Majestic, was enroute from the Netherlands to Saint Malo when it is thought to have suffered problems in the middle of the Channel.

Coastguard helicopters are involved in winching the crew members off the stricken vessel.

We will have more on this story when further details are released.

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