The cargo ship near Colwyn Bay
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Ship rescue: Carrier crew rescued in 'horrific' conditions

4 April 2012 Last updated at 08:58 BST

Concern is growing that fuel tanks may have ruptured in a cargo ship which ran aground off north Wales, leading to the dramatic late-night rescue of the crew.

Seven crew members were saved and an operation to refloat the stricken vessel, the Carrier, is expected later.

The ship is in one piece after hitting a rock in rough seas near a quarry jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, but has not yet been secured.

Salvage and pollution experts are on their way to assess the damage.

Eyewitness Matthew Syddall told BBC Radio Wales' Oliver Hides how the rescue was carried out in "horrific" conditions.