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saved by the tug

On Friday morning, a lifesaving crew from the German Sea Rescue Society (DGzRS) worked with German police to save a historic sailing vessel from sinking in Eckernförde Bay, located on Germany’s Baltic coast north of Kiel.

At about 0925, the master of the workboat Nok 1 contacted the Bremen branch of the DGzRS over Channel 16 and reported an emergency. The Nok 1 had the traditional sailing vessel Carmelan in tow, and the vessel’s bow was sinking noticeably deeper into the water. After investigation, the workboat reported that the Carmelan was taking on water and threatening to sink.

At the time of the call, the tug and tow were about four nautical miles northwest of Kiel lighthouse. The DGzRS dispatchers alerted assets from two nearby stations, including the larger rescue vessel Fritz Knack.  Read on.