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Ship collision off coast of Wales
Map showing the area where the accident happened
The sea was calm at the time of the accident
An investigation is under way after two ships collided off the southern tip of the Welsh coast.

The accident in St George's Channel involved a French trawler and a cargo ship which reportedly failed to stop despite a distress call being given.

But Milford Haven coastguards, who co-ordinated the operation on Friday, said no-one was hurt and both vessels were happy to continue on their voyages.

The French trawler is expected to arrive in port in Brittany on Sunday.

A spokesman for the coastguards said both ships had suffered very little damage in the incident which happened between the southern tip of Wales and the Cornish coast.

They said they liaised with French authorities, but did not attend themselves.

We only know at the moment that the two boats collided
French police spokesman

There was no pullution resulting from the incident and coastguards said they had no idea what had caused the collision, the spokesman added.

The French ship, Monica 11, was not taking on water after the crash and was limping to the port of Loctudy in northwest of Brittany, according to maritime officials in Brest, France on Sunday.

The ship's five-man crew will be questioned by officers at Brest about the incident when they arrive in port, said a police spokesman.

"We only know at the moment that the two boats collided," said the spokesman.


Visibility at the time of the accident was good and the sea was calm.

Fishermen in the area of the accident said the Maltese-flagged cargo ship Corn Swift had not stopped after the incident.

The cargo ship is expected to arrive in its destination port of Hartlepool.

The authorities have been given recordings of the ship radio conversations which should allow them to discover the exact chain of events, French officials in Brest said.

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