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Efforts to refloat cargo ship grounded on west coast of Scotland

Grounded ship Image copyright JM Briscoe
Image caption The Burhoui made an attempt to pull the Fri Sea clear on Sunday morning

Efforts are being made to refloat a 91m cargo ship which ran aground at Corpach on the west coast of Scotland.

Another ship at the scene, near Fort William, was unable to help move the Fri Sea at morning high tide. Another attempt will be made on Sunday evening.

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Stornoway Coastguard said the cargo vessel went aground on Saturday morning while docking at Corpach.

There were no reports of injuries or signs of pollution and the crew remain on board the vessel.

Image copyright Iain Ferguson

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Following the grounding of the vessel Fri Sea on Saturday, Marine Scotland have kept in regular touch with all the relevant parties involved.

"While we understand there are no environmental concerns at this time, we will continue to closely monitor developments as the attempts to refloat the ship continue."

The Fri Sea, operated by the Kopervik Group, was due to collect a load of timber.

Another Kopervik cargo ship, the Fri Ocean, ran aground in the Sound of Mull in June 2013 while transporting timber from Corpach to Varberg in Sweden

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