A spokesman for the Marine and Coastguard Agency said:
"It is not yet clear what the reason was for this ship running aground.
"Gale Force 9 northerly winds are currently being experienced."
The 82-metre long ship, registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was carrying a load of stone.
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