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Investigation Launched as Cruiser Collides with Tanker at Cowes Week

8th August 2011
Investigation Launched as Cruiser Collides with Tanker at Cowes Week

A collision occurred on Saturday at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week between the Class 4 boat Atalanta and an incoming tanker. SEE VIDEO BELOW.

One member of the crew was knocked overboard and is OK. A further crew member has been injured and has been taken to hospital but later discharged. An official investigation on the incident has been launched.

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The footage, now on youtube, was taken by Tim Addison, who was filming racing for cowes.co.uk, the website of the Cowes Harbour Commission.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokesman said: 'Two people were thrown overboard by the collision. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the MCA duty surveyor have been informed. The tanker continued to its destination at Fawley and the yacht has been towed to the UKSA berths at Cowes.'

The Rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) Vigilant took one of the crew back to shore for medical attention whilst the Southampton Patrol Boat and Hamble Rescue took the second crew member who had suffered a gash to his head to a waiting ambulance at Trinity Pontoon for transport to Newport Hospital. He was later reported to have been discharged.

 

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