Essex

Essex lifeboats called to drifting container ship

Lifeboat monitoring the ANL Warringa Image copyright Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station
Image caption A Royal National Lifeboat Institute spokesman said the ship had managed to get an anchor down

Lifeboats have been called out to a container ship off the coast of Essex which had been reported to be drifting in a major shipping lane.

Lifeboats from Walton and Frinton, and the Harwich, were called out at about noon to the ANL Warringa.

It was reported to be drifting in the North Sea, 20 miles (32 km) off the Essex coast, in the key route between Hamburg and the East Coast ports.

The ship has managed to get an anchor down, not far from a wind turbine.

Image copyright Keith Evans/ Geograph
Image caption One lifeboat is to stay with the ship, while they wait for commercial tugs to pull the ship to port

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute said one lifeboat would stay with the ship, while they waited for commercial tugs to pull the ship to port.

The vessel was on its way to Hamburg from Tilbury.

Image copyright Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station
Image caption The Walton and Frinton lifeboat and the Harwich lifeboat were called out to the 260 metre-long ANL Warringa

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