Cargo ship catches fire in English Channel
LONDON (AP) - A steel-carrying cargo ship with six crew members
caught fire in the English Channel on Thursday night, but a
helicopter carried British firefighters to the vessel.
An emergency vessel with firefighting equipment also was
assisting the 1,600 ton Sea Riss after it reported the blaze at
about 7 p.m. (1900 GMT) northeast of the British port of Dover.
A spokeswoman for Kent Fire Brigade said nine firefighters had
been lowered on board by a coast guard helicopter and were
assessing the blaze in the engine room.
She said the local ship had a cargo of rolled steel.
A further crew of firefighters was on standby at Manston Airport
near Ramsgate in Kent, she added.
Dover Coast Guard said no one was injured in the blaze but that
its vessel with firefighting capabilities, the Anglian Monarch, was
at the scene along with a lifeboat and Navy support vessel.
A coast guard spokeswoman said the ship did not have any power
and was drifting but was not endangering other vessels.

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