Seven rescued after cargo ship sinks off Kent coast

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Seven people have been rescued from a cargo ship which sank off the Kent coast.

The 90m vessel made a mayday call around 35 nautical miles (65km) north east of Ramsgate shortly before midnight on Friday.

Search and rescue helicopters from the UK and the Netherlands as well as an RNLI lifeboat went to the sinking ship to help the crew. 

Steve Carson, UK Coastguard duty commander, said: "Following a mayday broadcast from the sinking vessel, we sent multiple assets to the scene to rescue the crew who abandoned ship.

"The weather on scene has been challenging but we are pleased to report that all the crew have been rescued and are on their way to hospital."