Russian cargo ship runs aground off south-west England

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LONDON (REUTERS) - A Russian bulk cargo ship that ran aground off south-west England on Tuesday (Dec 18) has been successfully refloated and is being towed out to open sea.

Television images showed the 180m-long Kuzma Minin being pulled to safety by three tugs shortly after 1400 GMT (10pm Singapore time) on a higher tide.

The 16,000-tonne ship, with 18 Russian crew on board, had dragged its anchor in strong winds and grounded between the Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches near Falmouth in Cornwall at about 0540 GMT.

The ship, which listed at five degrees, did not have any cargo on board and there were no reports of any pollution, the coastguard said in a statement.