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Full Title: Report Of The Investigation Into The Sinking Of The M.V. "Clipper Cheyenne"
Report Name: Clipper Cheyenne
Reference: MCIB/16
Location: Foynes
Date of Incident: 03 June 2002
Published: 15 December 2003
Synopsis: A roll-on/roll-off heavy lift semi-submersible dock ship the "Clipper Cheyenne" sank while loading cargo in the semi-submersible mode, known as "float-in/float-out" (flo-flo), mode in Foynes, Co. Limerick on the 3rd June 2002. The vessel sank while ballasting down, it rolled to starboard, the bilge hit the bottom and the vessel came upright and rested on the seabed alongside the quay. Several crewmembers were thrown into the sea and port vessels rescued them. The remaining crewmembers left the vessel by means of a ladder onto the quay. One crewmember was hospitalised and was discharged the next day. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries. The "Clipper Cheyenne" was salvaged several weeks later and towed to France.
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