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  • united kingdom MSC Napoli rescue

    c 40nm SE of the Lizard


    • MSC Napoli rescue

    The 62000 ton container ship MSC Napoli, sailing from Antwerp (BE) to SInes (PT) began to break up in heavy seas in the English Channel SE of the Lizard, when a large crack opened in the hull, beneath the engine room. Falmouth Coastguard relayed the call to RNAS Culdrose and the French Navy.

    The crew of 26 was rescued by 3 Sea Kings from 771 Sq (including Rescue 194) and two FN Super Frelon were in attendance. The 10000 ton Ro-Ro Birka Carrier was also nearby.

    Over 100 containers were lost overboard from the ship before she broke up, many of which washed ashore at Branscombe Beach in Devon. After being cut up by the waves and later, by explosives, the stern was scrapped on the beach and the larger, forward section was towed to Harland and Wolff for scrapping.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        18jan07 FR Flottille 32F Aéronautique Navale SE3210 Super Frelon
        18jan07 UK 771 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Sea King

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Westland Sea King HAS.1 XV647    
    Westland Sea King HAS.5 ZA137    


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