Isle of Man: Cargo ship freed in overnight operation

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CEG Orbit moored in Douglas
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The CEG Orbit was towed back into the sea overnight at high water

A cargo ship which ran aground in the north of the Isle of Man has been successfully towed back into the sea.

The CEG Orbit was carrying 1,200 tons of wheat from Liverpool to Belfast when it got stuck ashore on Thursday.

The ship was re-floated in a late-night operation during high tide, and is now moored in Douglas harbour.

It was a twin effort by the Laxey Towing Company and a tug from Liverpool.

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Belfast-bound cargo ship is refloated after running aground on the Isle of Man

The crew of five remained on board throughout the operation, as they could not leave due to the Manx government's coronavirus entry restrictions.

The successful rescue came after a first attempt to free the boat on Thursday afternoon had failed.

A section of the beach between Cranstal and the Point of Ayre was closed to the public while the operation took place.

Diggers cleared some of the boulders around the CEG Orbit to make it easier to tow her back into the water.

Image source, Will Byrne and Andy Collister
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Isle of Man Coastguard said the operation was tricky

The vessel was finally re-floated thanks to the efforts of the Laxey Towing Company's tug the Wendy Ann, and Liverpool tug CT Vector.

Now moored on Douglas harbour's King Edward Pier, an underwater diving survey will be carried out on the cargo ship to check for any damage.

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