Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Stranded cargo vessel off the Isle of Wight pulled free

Paul-C in the sea
Image caption Crew members pumped out some of the water ballast to make the ship lighter

A cargo ship which ran aground off the Isle of Wight on a shingle bank with nine crew on board has been freed.

The Paula-C got into difficulties near the Needles on Sunday afternoon during the lowest tide of the year.

The 295ft-long (90m) ship was assisted by a tug at about 2125 GMT to break free and spent last night in anchorage in the western part of the Solent.

A survey was carried out on the ship which found it did not sustain any serious damage.

The Martime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said there had been a big tidal range recently because of the proximity of the moon, which may have been a factor in the grounding.

The crew pumped out some of the water ballast in a bid to make the ship lighter.

No-one was injured.

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