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MV Priscilla refloated off Caithness and towed to Orkney

Priscilla under tow Image copyright Green Marine
Image caption The ship was refloated late on Wednesday

The cargo ship MV Priscilla has been refloated off the Caithness coast and towed to Orkney's Scapa Flow.

The ship with six crew on board ran aground on the Pentland Skerries last Wednesday.

Tonnes of oil were removed from the ship ahead of the salvage operation, which took place at high tide shortly after 22:00.

The Longhope lifeboat escorted the Priscilla and the tugs towing it to sheltered waters in Scapa Flow.

Divers have begun an inspection of damage to its hull.

The six crew members, who have remained on board throughout, were said to be safe and well.

Image copyright Steven Rhodes/RNLI Longhope
Image caption Longhope RNLI escorted the cargo ship and its tugs to Scapa Flow

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