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Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall beach

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A Russian cargo ship has run aground on a beach in Cornwall as strong winds whipped across the southwest.

Emergency services were launched just after 6am to help the Kuzma Minin bulk carrier ship which is stuck just metres off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth Bay.

The 180.5m long German-built ship was moored in Falmouth Bay when its anchor started dragging overnight, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) told Sky News.

It then ran aground on the western side of the port entrance at 5.40am.

There are 18 Russian crew on board but it is not loaded with cargo.

Ship aground. Pic: Ian Cocklin
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The Kuzma Minin is stuck off Gyllyngvase Beach in Cornwall. Pic: Ian Cocklin

She is currently listing five degrees but there is no report of any pollution, the coastguard added.

Tug boats are on their way to the ship and an RNLI lifeboat is standing by to help, while an area around the ship has been cordoned off by the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team.

The MCA said tugs will be attached to the ship and as the tide rises the plan is to refloat it.

High tide is at 1.15pm so it could take hours to refloat the ship.

The Kuzma Minin, named after a Russian resistance hero, delivers cargo around northern Europe.

It sailed from the port of Terneuzen in the Netherlands on 12 December and arrived in Falmouth Bay just after midday on 14 December.

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