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Alderney RNLI lifeboat crew launched to stranded cargo ship

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Nigel Soane-Sands
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Alderney.

Start quoteThe vessel was hard aground on an isolated rock 1.6 miles south-west of the island.End quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Nigel Soane-Sands

Alderney’s Trent class lifeboat Roy Barker I launched shortly after 7pm last night (Friday) in response to a distress call from the captain of the general cargo ship Huelin Renouf Dispatch which was hard aground.

The vessel was hard aground on an isolated rock  1.6 miles south-west of the island.

The brand new,  90m cargo boat, chartered to Huelin Renouf by owners Allen Shipping of Dundalk in Ireland, was on her maiden round trip from Southampton to Jersey to Guernsey to Alderney and back to Southampton when she hit the rock on distant approach to Alderney.
The RNLI lifeboat was on scene within 15 minutes of launch and stayed nearby while damage to the cargo boat, which had eight crew on board, was assessed.

Water ingress at the stem of the stricken vessel was quickly contained and the Huelin Renouf Dispatch – some 2,500 gross registered tons – floated off the rock at 7.55pm and headed for Falmouth, the nearest port of refuge, at half speed.
The lifeboat was stood down at 8.10pm.

RNLI media contacts
Nigel Soane-Sands, Alderney RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, mob: 07781 101 9

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