The 87 meter long, 3015 dwt cargo vessel Sea Breeze sent out a distress call off the Lizard Peninsula off Falmouth after the vessel began to sink. The Sea Breeze was carrying 2750 tons of limestone bound for Shoreham when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding and the crew requested assistance. The RNLI lifeboats and coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene. Additional pumps were delivered, but were unable to stop the flooding. The five crew from the Sea Breeze were transferred off the sinking ship. The salvage tug Vortex from Falmouth and HMS Tyne were reported standing by the Sea Breeze.