Rescuers fail to re-float ship

Rescue services have failed to re-float a ship which ran aground on Anglesey.

A special tug was brought in to remove the 2,500 tonne Coastal Bay vessel, which became stuck at Church Bay near Holyhead on Friday morning.

But the craft could not be moved and, after the tide went out, rescuers said the next attempt would have to be made at 0230 BST on Saturday, when there is a slightly higher tide. If that attempt does not work, the ship may not be moved until July 30.

The craft was carrying a cargo of firelighterrs from Dublin to Liverpool when it beached at 1.30am.

Some diesel fuel leaked into the sea, but the damage was not thought to have been serious. Holyhead coastguard said the cargo posed no safety risk.

Secretary of State representative Robin Middleton, who was put into place after the Sea Empress spill off the coast of Pemrbokeshire, has attended the scene of the incident.

Jim Paton, operations director with Holyhead coastguard, said the next plan was to try to refloat the vessel early on Saturday morning.

Harbourmaster David Williams said people were astounded that the Coastal Bay had run aground.

“Its very strange to think that the vessel came right onto the rocks and landed here on the beach,” he said.