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Sunken Ship had Near Miss off Cornwall

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6:55am 28th November 2011
(Updated 6:55am 28th November 2011)

It is revealed a ship which sank leaving one dead and five missing got into trouble last year off the Cornish coast.

Prince William has been involved in the search and rescue operation to reach the crew of the Swanland in the Irish Sea. The hunt for survivors resumes on Monday.

But last summer its engines failed off the Lizard leaving it drifting towards rocks in thirty mile an hour winds. A coastguard tug was scrambled to help RNLI teams attach a tow and drag her clear in five metre swell.

At the time Penlee lifeboat Coxswain Patch Harvey said, "This incident could have had a very different outcome had the first tow not held, as the vessel drifted very swiftly once engine power had gone. The RNLI crew were preparing to transfer nine people at sea in rough conditions, which wouldn’t have been easy or risk free, so we were very relieved for the crew of Swanland when they got under tow so quickly with the emergency tug."

You can see footage from that rescue here...

Video: RNLI

6:55am 28th November 2011

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