Cargo Ship Taking on Water in Channel as Storm Lashes U.K.

LONDON (AP) -
A coastguard helicopter attends the scene where some crew members are being removed from the cargo ship that is taking on water in the English Channel, as a storm, Storm Angus, the year’s first big winter storm in Britain, lashes England’s south coast, Sunday Nov. 20, 2016. Forecasters say winds of 68 mph (110 kph) hit the south coast early Sunday, with a gust of 97 mph (156 kph) recorded offshore. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
A coast guard helicopter at the scene of a cargo ship taking on water in the English Channel as Storm Angus lashes England’’s south coast, Sunday. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

British coast guards say some crew members are being removed from a cargo ship that is taking on water in the English Channel as a storm lashes England’s south coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the 650-foot vessel hit a barge full of rocks after losing power near Dover. A tug is being sent to tow it to safety.

The Meteorological Office says 2 inches of rain fell in Exeter, southwest England, during Storm Angus, the first big storm of the autumn-winter season in Britain.

Forecasters say 68 mph winds hit the south coast Sunday, with a gust of 97 mph recorded offshore.

Firefighters called to a seafront blaze in Bognor Regis say they struggled to stand up in the strong winds.