Three boats collide in English Channel leaving one seriously damaged

DOVER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  A cargo ship is seen from the air in the English Channel on April 7, 2011 in Dover, England. The chalk cliffs, which stand over 100 metres high, represent the closest point between England and mainland Europe.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Marine investigators are examining how a cargo ship collided with a tug boat and a smaller vessel in the English Channel.

The cargo ship was reportedly heading for Genoa in Italy when it crashed about nine miles off Dungeness, Kent, the ITV News reports.

The smaller vessel was seriously damaged but no injuries were reported

According to the Daily Mirror, a spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "The Dungeness lifeboat went out to the vessels and stood by them all night to make sure everything was okay.

"The Dover lifeboat arrived to take over from their Dungeness colleagues, while a Trinity House vessel, Galatea, also attended to assess the situation."

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