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Stranded Farne Islands ship: MV Danio pulled off rocks

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Media captionA local RNLI crew got close to the stricken ship

A cargo ship which ran aground off the Northumberland coast has been pulled off rocks near the Farne Islands.

The crew of the 262ft (80m) MV Danio has remained on board since it became stuck almost two weeks ago.

The vessel carries 27 tonnes of diesel fuel and 1,500 tonnes of timber.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it was "very conscious of the wildlife situation with the seal and bird population" and the potential impact on the islands.

The islands are home to about 80,000 pairs of seabirds and a large grey seal colony.

'Huge relief'

Farne Islands head ranger David Steel said: "It is huge relief that everything has gone smoothly with the operation.

"We can concentrate on our seabirds and welcoming visitors, as we open for the season this weekend."

Seahouses Lifeboat Station received a distress call from the Danio's crew of four Poles, a Russian and a Filipino, at about 04:30 GMT on 16 March.

Earlier attempts to free the ship, which was heading from Perth in Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium, were postponed because of bad weather.

The vessel was finally re-floated early on Thursday.

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