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ricardian
13th Jan 2013, 23:53
Oops! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-21007236)

Nervous SLF
13th Jan 2013, 23:58
It says a gash of nearly 40cms was opened. That doesn't sound very large to me unless of course it runs most of the length of the tug?

500N
14th Jan 2013, 00:05
Big enough to let in a shytload of water very fast.

Airborne Aircrew
14th Jan 2013, 00:05
The biggest surprise in the whole story is that we have "two naval ships"...

:hmm:

west lakes
14th Jan 2013, 00:06
Last I looked on AIS the tug was still transmitting a position. nope it's gone now!

TBirdFrank
14th Jan 2013, 01:01
Thank god they got off alive - when the same thing happened to the Flying Phantom on the Clyde a few days before Christmas a while back, two guys didn't make it home - the sea can be an unforgiving place!

sitigeltfel
14th Jan 2013, 06:03
For accuracy's sake three lives were lost when the Flying Phantom went down, and she was not struck by the ship she was towing, but was girted.

Linedog
14th Jan 2013, 07:12
Sunk??? :D

SLFguy
14th Jan 2013, 08:06
Search term "Bourbon Dolphin"

Very sad tale.

Lon More
14th Jan 2013, 08:14
Still afloat but now a salvage operation (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21008550)

Ancient Mariner
14th Jan 2013, 08:24
The BBC says the tug was 70 meters, all info I can find says 44.
Per

G-CPTN
14th Jan 2013, 12:56
The towed vessel Emstrom (which was stripped of fluids) has now sunk.
Efforts ongoing to salvage the tug and prevent it from sinking in an area of special significance.

rotornut
14th Jan 2013, 14:52
Maybe some people shouldn't run tugboats:

tug boat flip accident skookumchuck narrows - YouTube

Temp Spike
14th Jan 2013, 15:05
Canadian. Well that makes sense.

Lon More
14th Jan 2013, 15:07
Christos XXII (which is probably what the watchkeeper said when it happened) was launched as Smit Enterprise in 1972
http://cdn2.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/3/0/8/1697803.jpg

The length is given as 44m which looks correct.

It had problems with its tow a month ago just off Rotterdam and had to put into port for repairs.

Checkboard
14th Jan 2013, 15:56
Tug sunk by towed vessel

The title is incorrect. The vessel being towed has sunk.

The tug had a 40cm gash opened in the same collision, but is being pumped and will be repaired.

ORAC
14th Jan 2013, 15:58
All water under the bridge.....

Or is that water over the bridge.......

George B Duffy
14th Jan 2013, 19:36
A tug and a forty centimetre gash - and this is to do with boats you say?

Blimey.

west lakes
16th Jan 2013, 18:33
Latest today

BBC News - Buoys used to create exclusion zone around Torbay ship wreck (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-21049101)