Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ship Runs Aground As Storms Hit North Wales



An operation to refloat a stricken cargo ship which ran aground in rough seas, sparking the rescue of seven crew members, is due to begin later.

Salvage and counter-pollution experts will assess the damage to the vessel after it hit rocks near Colwyn Bay in North Wales.

The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the cargo ship was in one piece following Tuesday's incident. But there are growing concerns that it could begin to leak some of its 40,000 litres of fuel.

The 82-metre ship, registered in Antigua and Barbuda, is laden with limestone.

Dave and Sue Stafford saw the ship run aground from their home overlooking the jetty.

"It was like watching a horror film," he said.

"The ship loaded with stone tried to set sail but the wind was too strong and blew the ship into the stones on shore." Read More