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Passenger ferry runs aground on sandbank in Calais in storm

Tugs work to free the ferry in Calais. 10 December Image copyright AFP
Image caption Two tugs worked to free the ferry

A P&O ferry carrying several hundred passengers has been set afloat again after running aground in the French port of Calais during a storm.

Nobody was hurt in the incident but traffic across the English Channel was disrupted.

Two tugs with cables were used to pull the vessel off a sandbank, a local newspaper reports.

They worked in winds of 120km/h (75mph) as waves hit the sides of the ship, La Voix du Nord reports.

The ferry was identified as the Pride of Kent.

P&O confirmed the incident in a statement.

"There are no reported injuries, the ship was refloated within two hours and we hope to transfer our passengers to an alternative ship as soon as possible," the statement said.

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