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LIVE: Cargo ship runs aground off Falmouth

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:24am 18th December 2018. (Updated at 6:12pm 18th December 2018)

A Russian carrier ship has grounded off the Cornish coast in stormy weather.

The Kuzma Minin was moored in Falmouth Bay when its anchor started dragging on Tuesday morning.

The vessel, believed to have 18 crew on board, is stuck just metres off Gyllyngvase Beach.

Rescue tugs and a Coastguard helicopter are understood to be at the scene.

An RNLI lifeboat is standing by to help and an area around the ship is cordoned off by Coastguard rescuers.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the plan is to refloat the vessel at high tide.

However, that is not until 1.15pm so the operation could take some hours.

You can follow all the updates on this breaking story in Pirate FM's live blog below.

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The ship is free!

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Tugs have managed to pull free the Russian vessel, Kuzma Minin, eight hours after it ran aground in Falmouth.

You can read more here.

1:55pm

Has the rescue stalled?

1:52pm

Stormy weather is not making things easy...

1:49pm

Rescue Operation Latest:

Tugs valiantly trying to refloat the grounded Kuzma Minin cargo ship in Falmouth.

Onlookers say it looks like the vessel has moved, but is not free yet.

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Update on the rescue operation...

Pirate FM understands that if the cargo ship can't be re-floated soon - it will have to wait until tonight's high tide when it will be dark.

The next high tide at Falmouth is at around 1am.

 

 

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Live from the scene of the grounded cargo ship...

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Photos from the scene as rescue gets underway...

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12:50pm

Statement from police...

“This is a dynamic situation and a number of agencies including police, environment agency, maritime and coastguard are all working together on this matter.

“Our role is to ensure the safety of the crew and to stop any environmental issues in relation to this incident.

“The current situation is we do not believe that there is any major damage to the ship called the Kuzma Minin, and the risk of fuel leaks are currently low; The Maritime Agency are exploring the possibility or re-floating the ship to coincide with this afternoon’s high-tide.

“We are asking the public to stay away from the area and to allow us the space needed to handle this incident.

“The conditions are extremely unpleasant and a weather warning remains in place for the South West; we do not want to see the public placing themselves at risk by coming to the beach at this time.

“It is also important to let the public know that there is no cargo on this ship; we all remember the scenes when the Napoli ran aground in East Devon, I’m afraid there is no such spoils on the Kuzma Minin ship.”

Superintendent Matthew Longman

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Coastguard and police declare major incident...

"There will be an attempt later today (18 December) to refloat the Russian vessel which ran aground earlier this morning off Cornwall.

"HM Coastguard is currently coordinating assistance to the Kuzma Minin, a Russian flagged 180 metre bulk carrier, which dragged and grounded on the western side of the port entrance between Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches at around 0540 today.

"The vessel has 18 Russian crew on board but there are no reported injuries. There is no cargo on board. She currently has a list of five degrees but there is no report of any pollution.

"HM Coastguard and Devon & Cornwall Police have declared a major incident due to the large number of people that use the beach and the disruption to traffic in the town. The Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSRep) Maritime Salvage & Intervention is closely monitoring the situation and the local Environment Group is also being kept informed.

"Tugs are on their way to the vessel and Falmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat is standing by at the scene. Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team have cordoned off an area around the ship.

"HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Newquay was used to transfer a marine pilot on to the vessel.

"The attempt to refloat the vessel will take place during high tide later today using harbour tugs".

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

12:02pm

Coastguard releases rescue footage...

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Rescue operation latest...

11:04am

Road closures latest...

"Spernen Wyn Road and Cliff Road in both directions closed due to a ship running aground between Boscawen Road and Gyllyngvase Hill

"A 16,000 tonne Russian cargo ship has run aground just off Gyllyngvase beach.

"Authorities are waiting for tides to rise to refloat the ship and continue with recovery operations.

"Parts of the road are closed for safety".

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10:59am

More photos from the scene, as rescuers wait for high tide...

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More photos from the scene...

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Rescue operation latest...

The rescue tugs are on standby as the tide rises.

The plan is to refloat the stricken vessel at high tide.

9:46am

Marine chart reveals how the grounding happened...

9:40am

Statement from Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

"HM Coastguard is currently coordinating assistance to a 180 metre bulk carrier which dragged her anchor and grounded on the western side of the port entrance between Swanpool and Gullyngvase beaches at around 0540.

"The vessel has 18 Russian crew on board. There is no cargo on board.

"She currently has a list of 5 degrees but there is no report of any pollution.

"Tugs are on their way to the vessel and a lifeboat is standing by at the scene. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team have cordoned off an area around the ship. Tugs will be attached to the vessel and as the tide rises, the plan is to refloat the vessel"
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Rescuers move closer to the stricken ship...

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The incident in Falmouth is trending...

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Road closure latest...

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The latest on the rescue operation...

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Praise for Cornwall's emergency services...

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And more photos...

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More photos from the scene...

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Footage from rescue crews...

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Road closures in force...

"Cliff Road both ways closed due to a ship running aground between Gyllyngvase Road and Castle Drive.

"A 16,000 tonne Russian cargo ship has run aground just off Gyllyngvase beach.

"Authorities are waiting for tides to rise to refloat the ship and continue with recovery operations".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

8:50am

Rescuers arrive at the scene...

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The ship is stranded in rough conditions...

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A warning from Coastguards...

 

 

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Photos show just how close the ship is to the beach...

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Latest video from the scene...

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Locals describe the scene...

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The latest from the Coastguard...

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More video footage from the scene....

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The first video from the scene...

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The latest pictures as it gets light...

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The ship's position...

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Latest pictures from the scene...

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Where is the grounded ship?

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