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29th June 2020, 18:09

Small sailing boat collides with drill ship anchored in BGTW

A small sailing boat collided with a drill ship anchored in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters in the early hours of Monday morning, with a search and rescue operation carried out.

According to the Port Authority, at around 3.30 in the morning the Vessel Traffic Services received a call from the StenaDrillmax at the Eastern Anchorage, saying a sailing boat had crashed into it amidst the heavy fog.

The VTS team got in contact with the sailboat, and deployed the HM Customs vessel Searcher to find it, with the help of a local service vessel, Ultimate Dream. The sailing boat's captain reported that it was taking on water, but that this was contained in a watertight compartment. The boat followed the Port Authority team to a berth within the port, where the damage was assessed; it is in a safe condition, with the captain making arrangements for repairs.

The Port Authority has thanked all involved in the rescue operation for their "quick and professional" response.