Grounded cruise ship in Oban Bay refloated

MS Serenissima The ship ran aground on sand and gravel in Oban Bay

A small cruise liner which ran aground in the waters of Oban Bay has been refloated.

The Grenadines-registered MS Serenissima, which had 112 people on board, became stuck in sand and gravel at about 18.30 on Monday.

It was refloated at about 01:10 after an earlier attempt failed due to high winds.

Stornoway Coastguard said there were no reports of injuries and no signs of pollution or damage to the ship.

Divers will conduct underwater surveys of the 85m vessel, which is now anchored in Oban Bay, to ensure its seaworthiness.

The ship, which had been making its way from Ireland to Oban, is expected to set sail to its next port on Tuesday night.

An Oban RNLI spokesman said the Serenissima had run aground on the Corran Ledge.

"The initial attempt at refloating the ship used its own engine with the lifeboat providing assistance by pulling at the stern," he said.

"Unfortunately this attempt was hampered by a strong wind blowing the ship towards the shore, and was unsuccessful."

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