Crew being rescued from container ship off coast of eastern N.L.

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The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says a 24-member crew is being rescued from a container ship about 60 kilometres south of Portugal Cove

Spokesman Maj. Martel Thompson says the centre received a call around 11:30 a.m. local time Sunday that the vessel was having issues with its hull.

Thompson says two Cormorant helicopters from Gander, N.L., are on scene, as well as a Hercules aircraft from Greenwood, N.S., and a Coast Guard ship is en route.

He says several people have already been safely hoisted into a helicopter from the ship, which is still floating on water.

Thompson would not say where the ship is from.

Organizations: Coast Guard

Geographic location: Eastern N.L., Greenwood

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  • John Gillingham
    December 29, 2013 - 18:04

    I couldn't help but notice how the rescue centre keeps referring to "Portugal Cove" instead of "Portugal Cove South".

  • Hmmm
    December 29, 2013 - 16:34

    Portugal cove south? Or south of Portugal cove? 2 different places. Hope everyone is safe.