The Dutch coastguard is sending rescue boats and helicopters to evacuate 18 people from a ship that collided with another vessel in the middle of a storm off the coast of the Netherlands.

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The vessel, the Maltese registered Julietta D. cargo ship bound for Amsterdam from Germany, collided with an oil and chemicals tanker, the coastguard said in a statement.

The Jullietta D. is rudderless and taking in water. The 18 crew members are being evacuated, the coastguard said, adding that the situation on the oil tanker is stable.

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Rescue efforts are hampered by storm Corrie, which is causing wind gusts of up to 120 km per hour on the North Sea.