Investigation after historic tall ship sinks in Liverpool's Albert Dock

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An investigation has been launched after a historic tall ship sunk in Liverpool's Albert Dock.

Merseyside Police said emergency services were called to the area on Saturday morning following reports of a "sunken vessel".

Fire crews used thermal cameras and lighting to search the water for people after sailing ship Zebu sunk, the BBC reports. There were no injuries.

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Zebu was built in 1938 and has sailed 69,000 miles, visiting 41 countries.

It has been based at Albert Dock since 1988.

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A fire service spokesman told the Liverpool Echo: "Firefighters were called after a boat sank in Albert Dock. Firefighters carried out a search of the inner dock using a thermal imaging camera and lighting but no-one was found in the water."

Once safety inspections have taken place, owner of the vessel, the Mersey Heritage Trust, hopes to raise Zebu from the water.

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