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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 10th March 2014

A cargo ship sinking off the Lizard has been towed into St Austell bay.

It is after the crew of the Sea Breeze were winched to safety yesterday.

A team of divers is preparing to inspect the hull of the stricken ship.

The plan is to put on a magnetic patch and then start pumping out the engine room.

The 87m long vessel was carrying limestone to Sussex.

But coastguards say the diesel onboard means it is lucky the weather was so good yesterday when she got into trouble - twelve miles east of the Lizard.

Alex Greig, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager said: "We received the mayday broadcast from the 'Sea Breeze' at 7.00 am and were able to get lifeboats and the helicopter on scene quickly, along with other vessels that were in the vicinity.

"The lifeboats and helicopter pumped water off the cargo vessel, whilst HMS Tyne was on its way with commercial pumps.

"However, unfortunately, the smaller pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water and the crew had to abandon ship at 8.40 am. A couple of them have minor injuries. The captain has remained on scene on board HMS Tyne to help with the salvage operation."

The Sea Breeze is carrying 2,750 tons of limestone and was bound for Shoreham at the time of the incident.

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