Anti-pollution measures were put in place at Southampton this morning after an effluent carrier sank at its berth

Anti-pollution measures were put in place at Southampton this morning after an effluent carrier sank at its berth. Humber Star was alongside the Southern Water jetty on the east bank of the River Itchen when she went down at around 5.30am.

Much of the 400 tonnes of sewage and 800 gallons of red diesel aboard is thought to have spilled into the river posing an environmental risk. Anti-pollution booms have been deployed to contain the spillage, but a spokesman for the MCA said it was likely to disperse quickly.

Work is underway to salvage the vessel, and an investigation will be carried out into the cause of the sinking.