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Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat has launched to stand by a severely listing cargo ship in the Solent this afternoon (Boxing Day). HM Coastguard is currently working with a variety of other agencies to assess the situation on board the Russian-flagged ‘Mekhanik Yartsev’, which appears to have suffered from a shift in cargo. Although the vessel has developed a considerable list, it has power and is currently stable.

The vessel is at anchor in the Solent and a pilot boat is assessing the cargo ship’s stability and cargo.

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The 13 crew onboard are reported to be safe and well, although they may be evacuated to Bembridge Lifeboat if things deteriorate. The weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today. Discussions are underway with the owners of the vessel and the vessel’s agent.

The SOSREP, HM Coastguard Commander, Duty Surveyor, Counter Pollution, Receiver of Wreck, Southampton Harbour Master and Portsmouth Duty Queen’s Harbour Master have all been informed of the incident.

The vessel can be seen at www.isleofwightwebcams.co.uk[1].

Photo: Peter Dixon

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