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A CARGO vessel which ran aground of the Isle of Wight has been freed.

The Paula-C, and the nine people on board, were pulled clear by a tug at 9.30pm last night.

The 295ft vessel was trapped on a shingle bank, near the Needles.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the boat was not in any danger.

‘She is afloat again and at anchor. A tug assisted her in the end.’

It 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 spokeswoman said the Paula-C was “in ballast” and was not carrying any cargo. The MCA was first notified at 1300 GMT.

Nine crew members aboard the stranded ship were pumping out some of the water ballast in a bid to make the ship lighter.