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Crewman injured after P&O ferry Norcape runs aground

A crewman has been injured during efforts to free a ferry which ran aground on its way into Troon harbour.

Clyde Coastguard said a tow rope snapped during attempts to free the P&O ferry, Norcape, about 22:00 on Sunday.

The crewman was taken to nearby Ayr Hospital after being struck by the rope. He has since been released.

The ferry was freed from the sand a short time later. Clyde Coastguard said there were no passengers on board at the time of the incident.

They said the ferry was 200m from the shore.

The incident will be the subject of a report to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Clyde Coastguard watch manager Dan Sellers said: "The reports are that the vessel didn't suffer any damage during the grounding but MCA surveyors are aware.

"It isn't appropriate for us to speculate as to why the tow line snapped but using towing lines and mooring ropes is dangerous for anyone working on deck."

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