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. 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 was broken up, many of which washed ashore at Branscombe beach in Devon. After being cut up by the waves and later, by explosives, hull sections were taken 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 C/NID
has.1 wa 635 XV647 771Sq /828-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2007....
has.5 wa 898 ZA137 771Sq /820-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2007....

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


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