Rescue helicopters have begun airlifting 18 people from a ship that collided with another vessel off the Dutch coast during Storm Corrie.
The German-registered Julietta D started taking on water after colliding with the Maltese chemical tanker Pechora Star in the anchor zone at IJmuiden, the coastguard said.
Two search and rescue helicopters were sent to the scene, with the Belgian coastguard sending a third helicopter. Lifeboats from IJmuiden and Scheveningen are also under way but are being hampered by the strong winds at sea.
The Dutch coastguard said on its website: ‘The situation on board the Pechora Star is stable. The Julietta D is taking on water. The evacuation of the crew of the ship Julietta D has been started.’
The national weather bureau KNMI removed its Code Orange warning for Noord-Holland, Friesland, the Wadden Islands and the IJsselmeer just after midday, but warned that north-westerly winds of up to 100 kph would continue for the rest of the day.
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