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The Duke of Cambridge Helps to Save Russian Sailors
28.11.2011 16:30
The Duke of Cambridge Helps to Save Russian Sailors

A bulk carrier Swanland with the Russian crew sunk last night in the Irish Sea, close to the Welsh shores. The ship was carrying 3,000 tons of limestone when she was covered by an enornous wave, for which the Irish Sea is notorious in winter. The Swanland's hull cracked, and the ship began taking in water. The crew managed to call for rescuers, however the ship had to be abandoned.

      The Duke of Cambridge who serves as an RAF rescue pilot joined the operation and saved two Russian sailors, while co-piloting the helicopter. Alexei Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador to London, thanked Prince William for his "selfless effort under the bad weather conditions". The two saved people are originally from Nizhny Novgorod

      Sadly, another person died, and five more are still reported missing. The rescue operation was terminated last night and resumed this morning. In spite of bad weather conditions and the amount of time elapsed, nobody has yet given up the hope that the sailors could still be found alive.

      The ship was carrying limestone from Abergele to the Isle of White. According to the spokesperson of the managing company, Swanland was a properly maintained seagoing ship. This August, however, she suffered an engine failure at Lizard Point, Cornwall, due to high winds. The inquiry into the accident is undertaken by the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

      Source: Utro, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph. Image: Reuters.

Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russia-Britain Swanland ship accident    

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