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Crew stay on ship stranded off Northumberland coast

The crew of an 80 metre long ship which ran aground near a lighthouse in an important wildlife haven will spend the night stuck onboard, an RNLI spokesman said.

The MV Danio was heading from Perth, Scotland, to Antwerp, Belgium, when it got caught on rocks in the Farne Islands, three miles off the Northumberland coast at 4.30am today.

The MV Danio has run aground after it hit rocks on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. Credit: RNLI/PA Wire

The vessel, carrying timber, was not thought to be badly damaged and there were no reports of any fuel leak after she got stuck on the Blue Caps, close to the Longstone Lighthouse.

High tide this evening passed without any attempt to refloat the vessel, as salvage crews were keen to take their time and prepare a plan.

Ian Clayton, of the Seahouses RNLI, said the crew was still on board, and that meant lifeboat men were also standing close by at sea in case of any emergency.

The Seahouses lifeboat crew, which has been on scene for around 14 hours, was expected to be relieved by a crew from Berwick which will keep watch on the vessel overnight

Fears for Farne Islands wildlife after ship ran aground

There are fears for grey seals and seabird populations on the Farne Islands after an 80-foot cargo ship ran aground in the early hours of this morning.

Puffins are among more than 20 bird species that breed on the Farne Islands Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Andrew Douglas, who runs boat trips around the Farnes, said the ship "doesn't appear to be holed" but that we was concerned about the effects on local wildlife.

"It is worrying because all the birds are starting to return to the islands for the summer.

"We have 20,000 guillemots on the Farnes right now."

The Farne Islands are home to around 6,000 grey seals Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The islands are also home to puffins, around 6,000 grey seals and more than 20 bird species breed there.

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Coastguard to re-float grounded cargo ship at high tide

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said there is a plant to re-float a cargo ship that has run aground off the Northumberland coast at high tide:

There was no-one injured and no pollution observed at this time.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been in touch with all relevant parties to ensure that the owners of the vessel have a salvage plan in place for the refloating of the vessel at the next high tide, which is this evening.

– spokesman, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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Ship runs aground on the Farne Islands

Cargo ship run aground on Northumberland Coast Credit: RNLI

An 80 metre cargo ship carrying timber has run aground near to the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast.

The "Danio" was on route from Perth to Antwerp when it got stuck at Little Harcar Rocks near Longstone Lighthouse at 4.45 am on Saturday morning with a crew of six on board.

Seahouses RNLI have launched a lifeboat to try to tow ship to safety, but had to abandon the rescue attempt as the tide was going out.

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