Royal Navy helicopter first at scene of stricken boat

The Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was first on the scene.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said the crew were forced to leave one aircrewman on board the stricken boat following a problem with the rescue helicopter's winch.

Cargo ship
The cargo ship is seen by the beach at Llanddulas, North Wales, after it ran aground in rough seas Credit: PA

The team rescued five stranded crew members before the aircraft developed a defect and Petty Officer Mike Henson was left on board with two remaining seamen. It was Petty Officer Henson's first shift as a qualified search and rescue aircrewman.

All three were later rescued by an RAF helicopter.

For more coverage of the striken cargo ship visit ITV Wales.

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Crew rescued from cargo ship

Seven crew members of a cargo ship that ran aground at Llanddulas near Colwyn Bay in North Wales on Tuesday have been safely rescued. An operation to refloat the stricken vessel is expected to begin later today.