Two British Naval helicopters today (Monday) battled against gale force winds to rescue half the crew from a fire-stricken Norwegian ore carrier in the Atlantic.
Two British Naval helicopters today (Monday) battled against gale force winds to rescue half the crew from a fire-stricken Norwegian ore carrier in the Atlantic. A B.B.C. team filmed the rescue from the air. It happened after the ship, the 10,589 ton Anatina, was left wallowing helplessly in the storm when a tow-rope from a salvage tug broke.
Eleven crewmen were taken off the ship. They described the last two nights aboard the storm-lashed ship as terrifying. Nevertheless, nine men elected to stay aboard the Anatina -- which has been drifting since explosion and fire ravaged the superstructure on Saturday.
SYNOPSIS: Two hundred miles off the south-west tip of England, the stricken Norwegian ore carrier Anatina was being lashed by heavy Atlantic seas on Monday. Towards mid-day, the tow rope connecting the ten-thousand ton ship to a salvage tug parted and two British naval helicopters flew in to stat taking off crewmen. It was a tricky operation. The helicopters were flying a round trip of four-hundred miles -- close to the limit of their endurance. Nevertheless they lifted eleven men off the ship. Nine others elected to stay on board.
The ship had been drifting since an explosion and fire ravaged the superstructure on Saturday -- killing two. Those on board spent the next forty hours short of food, water and shelter. The rescue helicopters were able to drop supplies to the nine men remaining on board. But on Monday night, despite reports that the tow rope had been reconnected, there were fears that the ship was taking in water and might sink.