Man dies after ship hit by wave – 3 January 2012.
A man has died and two others have been airlifted to safety after their small tanker was hit by a wave in the English Channel in severe weather. Falmouth Coastguard and RNAS Culdrose confirmed the men were airlifted from the Annie PG at about 11:40 GMT. Two men were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. A third crew member taken to Derriford Hospital died.
‘Pitching and rolling’
Lt Cdr Florrie Ford, who was involved in the rescue, said: “[It was] quite choppy, waves probably hitting about 30 feet, 40 knots of wind. “There was a lot of water spraying over her deck and running through the deck. She was getting thrown about quite a bit, pitching and rolling. “I believe something had come loose or required securing, and the vessel got hit by one of these very large waves, and they were thrown across the deck.”
In a statement, the company which owns the Annie PG, Pritchard Gordon Tankers, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and friends and we would like to express our heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times.
“MT Annie PG is in a fully seaworthy condition and is proceeding to Falmouth where she will arrive later this evening.”
Annie PG – IMO 9285445 – http://www.shipspotting.com/photos/big/1/7/4/1258471.jpg