Two men were forced to abandon their vessel in a Cumbrian harbour after it began sinking

Two men in Cumbria were forced to abandon

their boat after it began sinking in Whitehaven harbour early on Sunday morning.

The men were completing repair works when

the vessel began taking on significant amounts of water, causing the men to evacuate.

The boat was left just outside the harbour

walls and ropes have been used to prevent it from drifting away.

The keel of the boat is now buried in the


One of the men, who are believed to be from

Manchester, suffered mild hypothermia as a result of the incident.

Whitehaven Marina manager Simone Morgan

said: “No mayday call was placed by the men onboard prior to them leaving the


“It was dangerously moored up and we have

since been out to secure the vessel.”

The Environment Agency and Whitehaven

Harbour Comission have been contacted regarding the sunken ship as it may

present an environmental risk.

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