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Seven on board stricken cargo ship

A bid to rescue seven Polish crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground is under way.

The vessel is thought to have hit a rock near Raynes Jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in rough seas.

All-weather lifeboats from Llandudno and Rhyl were launched at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Holyhead Coastguard is co-ordinating the rescue operation and a helicopter from RAF Prestwick is en route, said the Marine and Coastguard Agency.

The 82-metre long ship, registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was carrying a load of stone

A MCA spokesman said: "It is not yet clear what the reason was for this ship running aground.

"Gale Force 9 northerly winds are currently being experienced.

"Seven Polish crew are aboard the ship."

Earlier the RNLI said its two lifeboats from Llandudno and Rhyl were launched "into a full gale and rough seas to assist the vessel".

"Due to the challenging weather conditions and the casualty's proximity to the shore, the volunteer crew on both lifeboats are currently on standby nearby as they wait for the RAF helicopter to provide extra assistance," a spokesman said.


From Belfast Telegraph