Transportation Safety Board heads to Newfoundland to inspect damaged ship

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is sending a team to eastern Newfoundland to inspect the cracked hull of a container ship that issued a distress call earlier this week, prompting a search and rescue operation.

The container vessel MSC Monterey departed Le Havre, France, on Dec. 20 and was en route to New Jersey with four tourists from Switzerland aboard when the crew spotted a problem.

On Dec. 29, the ship's captain called for help after a metre-long crack was found in the hull, about eight metres from the water.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched to pick up the tourists, but the ship's crew remained on board.

On Monday, Transport Canada ordered the ship stay at an anchorage east of Little Colinet Island, which is in eastern Newfoundland's St. Mary's Bay.

The department said there was no immediate threat to the crew or the environment.

Organizations: Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Transport Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, ST. JOHN'S, Monterey Le Havre France New Jersey Switzerland Little Colinet Island

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