Crew forced to abandon container ship as it tips over in dramatic Liverpool2 scenes

The coastguard sent lifeboats out to the MSC Matilde in the early hours of the morning

A container ship crew were forced to abandon ship after it started tilting during the night.

The MSC Matilde docked at Liverpool2 which is reportedly carrying millions of pounds worth of goods,ran into trouble in the early hours of Friday morning (May 24).

Pictures show the MSC Matilde from Panama, tilting dangerously to the right.

The coastguard sent lifeboats, tugs and a pollution response vessel out to the scene after being contacted by Peel Ports who operate the dock at Seaforth.

The crew from the 20-year-old ship, which sails under the Panama flag, reportedly abandoned the vessel at 2am this morning, one witness told the ECHO.

The same man said he thought the ship would “capsize” because of the way it was leaning over.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard was contacted by Peel Ports VTS at around 2.25am today (24 May) to report that a container vessel was listing just outside Gladstone Dock on the River Mersey.”   

“Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI Hoylake all weather lifeboats have been sent to the scene, two tugs and a tier 2 pollution response vessel are on standby as a precautionary measure. MCA’s Duty Counter Pollution & Salvage Officer, Duty Surveyor and the Marine Accident Information Board have been informed.

“All ship’s crew onboard are safe and well. ”

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