Ships collide in the night

COASTGUARDS are today trying to discover the cause of a head-on collision between two ships in the fog.The crash off the East Anglian coast left one of the vessels unable to continue its journey until hours later.

By Victoria Knowles

By Victoria Knowles

victoria.knowles@eveningstar.co.uk

COASTGUARDS are today trying to discover the cause of a head-on collision between two ships in fog.

The crash off the East Anglian coast left one of the vessels unable to continue its journey until hours later.

The accident happened in the mouth of the river Orwell at around 10.45pm yesterday, after thick fog had descended.

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The location of the collision was Trimley Marshes, in the mouth of the river, near Felixstowe Docks.

The Sapphire and the Anglian Way, both classed as ferries, were travelling towards Ipswich and Belgium respectively.

Neither vessel was carrying passengers, and there were no injuries to crew members on board, who numbered 38 in total.

The Sapphire ran aground as a result of the impact, and was rescued by two tugs before making its way to Ipswich.

The Anglian Way was unscathed and was soon able to continue its journey to Belgium.

A spokeswoman for Thames Coastguards who assisted at the accident said today: "It is still unclear how the collision happened."

But she added: "No one was injured, and after some delay both boats made it to their final destination."

The spokeswoman added that the Sapphire docked in Ipswich overnight, and sailed off to Ostend at 7.30am today.

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