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HMC Vigilant Pays a Visit to Dona Liberta at King Harry Passage

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2011

HMC VIGILANT is seen alongside the laid up Greek owned refrigerated cargo ship DONA LIBERTA at King Harry Passage on October 25, 2011.

Several days later a reason for this visit appeared in the Western Morning News on October 28, 2011.

Two Romanian sailors have been rescued from filthy living conditions onboard a Greek-owned ship laid-up in a river in Cornwall.

The ship DONA LIBERTA, has been sitting in the River Fal, Falmouth, for around four months after work dried up. The two seafarers, aged in their 40s, were left on board as watchmen and have not been paid by their employers for months.

Earlier this week officials from the Admiralty Marshal office based at Plymouth arrested the ship and the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) served a prohibition order on the vessel ordering the crew off.

The men were taken off the ship on Monday by the charity The Mission to Seafarers, the Truro Harbour Office, the MCA and HM Customs.

The Mission to Seafarers, who have been visiting and helping the crew since they arrived, assisted them to book into a hotel in Falmouth.

Penny Phillips, charity chairman, said the pair were left living in unsanitary conditions with only rain water for washing.

She said: "The crew were not keen to have their case highlighted as they were fearful their wages would not be paid and their families would suffer back in Romania.

"But in 2011 we cannot have a situation where anyone is expected to catch rain water to keep themselves clean.

"We were delighted once the prohibition order had been served and the crew were brought to Falmouth."

The crew members are expected to return home this week.

[Western Morning News]


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