Work goes on to free grounded tanker

A 3,000-tonne petrol tanker is to be towed to Falmouth in Cornwall once it has been freed from rocks where it was grounded eight days ago, the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency said today.

A 3,000-tonne petrol tanker is to be towed to Falmouth in Cornwall once it has been freed from rocks where it was grounded eight days ago, the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency said today.

Salvage experts were today continuing to prepare the Cypriot-registered MT Willy to be towed by tugs off the rock shelf at Cawsand Bay, east Cornwall. The operation is hoped to take place on Friday.

The grounding of the vessel, after she dragged her anchor in a gale near midnight on New Year’s Day, caused a two-night evacuation of 150 local people because of explosion fears from her empty but vapour-filled tanks.

The 1981 built vessel, whose 12 crew escaped unhurt, was carrying 93 tonnes of intermediate fuel oil, 41 tonnes of gas oil and five tonnes of lubricating oil when she grounded near the coastal villages of Cawsand and Kingsand.

The MCA said work was today continuing to remove oil from the vessel.

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