A major search and rescue operation is underway in St. Ouen's Bay this morning after a Condor freight ship collided with a fishing vessel in the early hours of this morning.
It's understood that three fishermen are missing following the collision around 05:30, which occurred as the Commodore Goodwill was en route from Guernsey to Jersey on its regular sailing.
A spokesperson for the Coastguard confirmed that "debris from the fishing boat is in the sea and the vessel is believed to have sunk."
They added: "Coastguards called out the RNLI's inshore and all-weather lifeboats and two French rescue helicopters, Guernsey's RNLI all-weather lifeboat and a French naval fixed-wing aircraft.
"A large number of local fishing vessels have also joined the search."
The JLA is also reported to have self-launched after learning of the incident.
Pictured: The route taken by the Goodwill.
Condor CEO John Napton confirmed that the Commodore Goodwill was involved in a statement issued shortly after 09:00.
"Condor Ferries can confirm that its freight vessel, Commodore Goodwill, has been involved in an incident north west of Jersey," he said.
"The ship departed Guernsey for Jersey at 04:41 this morning and the incident occurred at around 05:30.
"She is carrying five passengers and 24 crew and the Master remains in full command of the vessel. More information will be provided when available.
"All other Condor services are unaffected."
Debris from the fishing boat is in the sea and the vessel is believed to have sunk. Coastguards called out the RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats and two French rescue helicopters, Guernsey’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat and a French naval fixed-wing aircraft.— Jersey Coastguard (@JsyCoastguard) December 8, 2022
The Coastguard confirmed that "the Goodwill has now docked in Elizabeth Harbour and Jersey Coastguard are continuing to coordinate the response."
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