Highlands & Islands

Large cargo ship runs aground near Ardnamurchan

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A large cargo ship that ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point in the West Highlands is likely to be stuck there for some time, the coastguard has said.

The 120m-long Lysblink Seaways got into difficulty at Kilchoan at about 01:50.

No-one was injured and the ship, which is believed to be carrying paper waste, is not thought to be in any immediate danger.

It did not refloat at high tide, and tugs are expected to be used to try to free it.

The Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat is standing by at the scene.

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The Lysblink Seaways was bound from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground.

The nine-person crew has remained on board waiting for tugs to arrive at the scene.

There have been no reports of pollution.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has tasked emergency towing vessel Heracles to sail to the scene from the Orkney area, while the vessel's owners have appointed a salvage company and a commercial tug.

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