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Run-aground tall ship Irene of Bridgwater refloated

One of the vessels heading to the Tall Ships Races stage in Greenock has resumed its voyage after running aground off the island of Arran.

The 100ft-long tall ship Irene of Bridgwater, with 10 people on board, became stuck in Lamlash Bay on its way to port at Greenock.

The ship was refloated at 0400 BST. Greenock is hosting the second stage of the race, following Waterford, Ireland.

About 60 ships are due to arrive at James Watt Dock for the event.

The coastguard said the vessel was not in danger when it ran aground and they had been monitoring the situation.

The tall ships have begun arriving in Greenock and will stay until Tuesday.

About 800,000 visitors are expected to attend a festival over the weekend to celebrate the race.

The other stops on the race route are Lerwick in Shetland, Stavanger in Norway and Halmstad in Sweden.

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