A tanker and fishing boat collides near Selsey

Photo from the Chichester Observer.

A fishing vessel has collided with a bulk tanker off the coast of Selsey Bill.

It has been confirmed no one was hurt, on the fishing vessel, there were six people on board and on the tanker, there were 20 people. 

The HM Coastguard rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the early hours of this morning (February 12), responding with the helicopter from Lee-on-Solent and RNLI lifeboat from Selsey.

There was no major damage reported, the tanker is being described as "superficial" harm and the vessel just minor.

Just to be on the safe side, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s duty counter pollution team was called as a precaution but there are no reports of pollution in the water.

Andrew Follows, senior maritime operations officer with HM Coastguard said: “We’re so thankful that this was a relatively minor collision and that no one has been injured.

“We sent the helicopter for safety overwatch while the lifeboat arrived. The RNLI lifeboat is staying with the fishing vessel until they and we are certain it can make its own way back to port.”

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has also been told.

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