Posted on December 18, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russian cargo ship, Kuzma Minin, has run aground off a beach in Cornwall at approximately 5:40 am on December the 18th.
The vessel was moored in Falmouth Bay when its anchor started dragging, early on Tuesday morning. It proceeded to run aground on the western side of the port entrance shortly after.
Winds at the time of the incident were reaching approximately 65 miles per hour, with the Met Office having issued a yellow warning for wind and rain in the area.
The ship is currently exhibiting a five-degree list but there is no report of any pollution in the area, according to HM Coastguard.
Tugs have been sent to assist the vessel and a lifeboat is on stand-by at the scene.
A coastguard helicopter landed on the ship at approximately 9:30am, while several ambulances are waiting on the beach in case of emergency.
Local authorities are waiting for high tide, which occurs in the area a little bit after 1pm, in order to attempt to refloat the vessel.
The plan is for tug boats to be attached to the ship and attempt to move it as soon as the tide begins to rise.
In the meantime, the Falmouth coastguard rescue team have cordoned off an area around the ship and have closed the nearby roads.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic