Ship crashes into stone barge off Dover as 80mph winds batter south and heavy rain causes flooding
Twenty-three crew members were evacuated from a cargo ship after it crashed into another vessel near Dover, as Storm Angus caused flooding and chaos in parts of the UK.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 200m (650ft) Saga Sky hit a barge full of rocks after losing power and breaking free of its anchor near Dover. A tug was dispatched to tow it to safety.
Steve Carson, the duty commander of the agency, said it had dealt with a major incident on Sunday morning in particularly challenging conditions with “HM Coastguard helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent on the scene”.
Winds of 80mph were recorded at Langdon Bay on the Kent coast on Sunday morning and a gust swept into Guernsey at 84mph.
The eye of the storm moved out into the North Sea, leaving in its wake power cuts and floods.
Cross-channel ferry services were subject to delays on Sunday.