Major search underway for crew after ferry collision

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Major search underway for crew after ferry collision

A Jersey fishing boat is believed to have sunk after a collision with a ferry off the coast of Channel island. A major search and rescue operation for crew members is under way.

The chief minister of Jersey, Kristina Moore, sent her thoughts and prayers to the families of the vessel's crew.

She tweeted: Watching this situation closely. Grateful to all of the French, Guernsey and Jersey services and fishing community who are searching for the crew. My thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families. Ports of Jersey could not say how many missing crew members were, but said a major search operation was taking place after the collision at 5.30 am.

Two rescue helicopters and two RNLI lifeboats from Jersey and Guernsey, RNLI and a large number of local fishing vessels are involved in the search, as well as RNLI lifeboats from Jersey and Guernsey.

Condor Ferries confirmed its vessel, the Commodore Goodwill, was involved.

Condor Ferries can confirm that its freight vessel, Commodore Goodwill, is involved in an incident north west of Jersey, in a statement to the Jersey Evening Post.

The ship left Guernsey for Jersey at 04.41 this morning and the incident occurred around 05.30. She is carrying five passengers and 24 crew and the master is in full command of the vessel.