Cargo ship beached on Welsh coast

MV Carrier stranded and full of diesel on the beach at Colwyn Bay

As five metre waves and

40 knot winds hit the Welsh coast, the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are

concerned about the real threat of fuel leaking from MV Carrier as it is

battered against the beach in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

Last night, MV Carrier, which holds 40,000 litres of oil onboard, issued a

distress call shortly after it had been loaded with limestone at a local port.

Dave Stafford, an eyewitness,

told Sky News, “The helicopter flew out and then dropped the rescued seamen on

the A55 where the police and ambulances were waiting. Later another helicopter

arrived to rescue the other two men.”

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The North Wales Police said

in a statement, “A number of agencies including HM Coastguard, North Wales Fire

and Rescue Service, Police, local authorities and Trunk Road Agency are working

together to ensure public safety and that normality returns to the area as soon

as possible.”