Cargo Vessel Grounded Off Humber - UPDATED

HM Coastguard and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Humber are working to resolve a situation involving a cargo vessel which went aground off Humber on Saturday evening.

At 3.05pm on Saturday 15th December, Humber Coastguard was alerted to the cargo vessel Thea II in difficulty after a suffering a power outage and was dragging the anchor, three nautical miles east of Spurn Point.  Humber VTS sent two tugs to the vessel and a tow line was attached but during rough weather the Thea II and the tug Svitzer Josephine went aground.  The tug later re-floated.  The second tug Svitzer Castle remained standing by.

Humber RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Humberside were sent to assist, should there be the need to evacuate any crew overnight but the aircraft and lifeboat were later stood down. The Thea II has 11 crew on board.  Weather on scene during Saturday night was reported as Southeasterly gusting up to 52 knots.

At approximately 1.30am on Sunday morning, the Thea II was refloated and was taken under tow to a deep water anchorage with two tugs standing by.

The Secretary Of State's Representative for Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) is aware and is monitoring the situation.

UPDATE 17.12.2018

We have just released footage of the weather conditions our HM Coastguard Humberside helicopter, Humber RNLI all weather lifeboat and emergency tugs faced on Saturday when the Thea II grounded. The good news is that she refloated without any pollution reported and has now berthed safely into King George Docks, Hull where she awaits a visit from our MCA surveyors and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.  

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