The 200-metre ship Saga Sky is taking on water after the collision, during Storm Angus, and 23 members of crew are being evacuated. A coastguard helicopter and lifeboat crews from Dover and Dungeness, Kent, are in the process of evacuating the crew. The general cargo ship, from Hong Kong, suffered engine failure and due to the high winds drifted onto the barge of rocks. The collision happened at Samphire Hoe, near Dover, during the height of the powerful storm.
People are being warned of an immediate danger to life as Storm Angus lashes the country, bringing floods and hurricane-force gales of 97mph. The country is in the grip of the storm, with severe flood alerts issued as torrential rain and gale force winds wreak havoc and devastation. Police in Devon declared a major incident after the River Mole burst its banks, with fast-flowing water four foot deep flooding homes (inset) – while firefighters in West Sussex struggled to stand as they battled a raging fire fuelled by gale force winds (top right).
Gusts of 97mph have been recorded off the coast of Brighton (bottom right), with waves five foot high and temperatures plummeted to -9.8°C in Loch Glascarnoch overnight, making it the coldest night of the season so far. Almost 2,000 properties in the south west of the country are currently without power. Meanwhile, the coastguard (main, circled) was scrambled to evacuate some 23 crew members from a sinking ship which collided with a barge off the coast of Dover (left), while the port of Dover said ferry movements had been temporarily suspended because of the ‘very high winds’.
The Hong Kong Saga Sky cargo ship got into difficulty off the coast of Dover following a collision with a barge – and some 23 crew members were trapped on board
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