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  Warship rescues sunken ship crew

    mardi 24 avril 2007

Tuesday, 24 April 2007, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK

A HMS Montrose boat rescues the MV Sunshine crew All of the crew of the MV Sunshine survived Turkish sailors found drifting in life boats after their ship sunk in the Mediterranean have been rescued by a passing Royal Navy warship.

MV Sunshine had sunk two days earlier and her 11 crew had run out of food and water when they were sighted by Plymouth-based HMS Montrose.

The frigate ship’s doctor found them to be fine but emotionally traumatised.

HMS Montrose Commanding Officer Commander Tony Watt said without their help "lives would have been lost".

The Panamanian-flagged MV Sunshine was en route from Sicily to Egypt with a cargo of marble went it went down in high seas on Sunday.

All of the crew survived.

After a medical check on HMS Montrose they were given food and drink and a set of clean clothes and were being transferred to Turkish naval ship TCG Gokceada.

Commander Watt said : "The crew of MV Sunshine have been through a harrowing ordeal. They spent two days in rough weather in their life rafts.

"There is no doubt in my mind that if it were not for the swift reaction of the HMS Montrose crews then I think lives would have been lost."

HMS Montrose was on Nato maritime security operations at the time.

Voir en ligne : BBC