Russian trawlers mounted guard over the wreck of one of their sister ships which sank after a collision with a Moroccan cargo vessel off the Isle of Wight.
A succession of Royal Navy warships ignored Soviet warnings to keep away from the area – 22 miles south of St Catherine’s Point – where the 4,000-ton factory ship Gorizont went down in nearly 200ft of water.
The 6,700-ton Moroccan ship, Ifni, was holed but was making her own way to Le Havre, France.
According to a Russian message, the crew of Gorizont – including two men injured in the collision – were transferred to other Russian vessels.
The guided missile destroyer HMS London, went to search for possible survivors, despite Soviet warnings to stay away.