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‘Unmanned’ ship spotted floating without captain or crew off coast of England

A large ship was seen floating off the coast of England apparently without a captain or crew.

It was first seen near Kent and was thought to be drifting from Upchurch in the direction of Swale.

It is believed that the ship lost its mooring, which caused it to float away, Kent Live reported.

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The owners of the boat were made aware that it was drifting and a tug boat was sent out to the floating vessel.

A statement from the coastguard said: “At approximately 9.40am (31 January), HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public concerned about a vessel having broken free of its moorings on the River Medway near Lower Halstow.

“Medway and Sheppey coastguard rescue teams were sent alongside the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

“The vessel ran aground on the marshes, the owner has been informed and is arranging a tug. Sheppey coastguard rescue team will provide safety cover until the vessel is secured.”

A Twitter account named Upchurch Matters posted: “An apparently unmanned vessel (spotted close to Callows – Ham Green), has lost its mooring and is pictured drifting towards Lower Halstow.

“The coastguard has been contacted.”

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