Sunday, March 11, 2012

Italian cargo ship runs aground

Coast guards in Italy have used helicopters to rescue the crew of a cargo ship after it ran aground on a reef off Sicily in stormy seas.
All 19 crew members were ferried to shore by helicopters after the captain of the Gelso M gave the order to abandon ship.
Rescue service sources quoted by the agency suggested that, given the weather conditions, the captain had been sailing too close to the coast.

The ship's double hull meant there was a low risk of pollution but the environment ministry was alerted nonetheless, AFP news agency reports.
Details: BBC News

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