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Tug sent to tow stricken Pentland Firth cargo ship

The Herakles tug was sent to tow the stricken ship into port Image copyright Mary Harris
Image caption The Herakles tug was sent to tow the stricken ship to Scapa Flow

A coastguard tug has been sent to the aid of a cargo ship that has broken down in the Pentland Firth.

The 95m-long vessel raised the alarm at 22:00 on Sunday. It had broken down shortly after passing through the Firth, and was drifting about five miles north of Dounreay.

The emergency tug Herakles was sent to the scene from Kirkwall in Orkney.

It was due to attach a line and take the stricken ship into Scapa Flow.

It had originally been planned to take the ship, which was carrying a load of coal, to Scrabster but because of poor weather conditions it will be anchored in the Flow instead.

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