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Ship which ran aground now free

A Bahamas-registered cruise liner that ran aground in northern Norway today managed to get free using its own engines and high tides, rescue services have said.

The 580ft Marco Polo ship later docked at a quay in Buksnesfjord and seemed to "function normally," the services said.

Marco Polo was chartered by British-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) and was carrying more than a thousand people when it ran aground in the Lofoten archipelago earlier today.

Two tugs boats and as many coastguard vessels tried to assist the ship.

Passengers were chiefly from Britain, the rescue service said, while the crew was international, according to the CMV website. No-one was injured in the incident.

Resident Karl Roger Johnsen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK he thought the ship took a chance by sailing close to the rocky coast on its way into the quay.

The same liner also ran aground briefly in a nearby archipelago in March, according to Norwegian media. The cause of that incident remained unclear.

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