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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