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Cargo ship runs aground on bank

A cargo ship with nine people on board has run aground on a shingle bank, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.

The British-flagged, 2,990-tonne vessel, Paula C, grounded north of The Needles on the Isle of Wight just before 1pm on Sunday but is not in danger.

The ship, which was not carrying cargo, is understood to have been sailing to Cowes when it ran into trouble, said a Solent Coastguard spokesman.

Needles Coastguard rescue team was keeping watch over the 90-metre long ship and the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat was standing off the vessel.

Ballast water was being pumped off the stranded ship to make it lighter as its crew hope that high tide tonight will help refloat it.

Tony Wheeler, Solent Coastguard watch manager, said: "The vessel is likely to remain aground until around midnight tonight when we hope that it will float off on the high tide.

"There are nine people onboard. All are safe and well and will remain on the vessel. We are in contact with the ship and its agent."


From Belfast Telegraph