Stricken Russian ship towed to safety

The stricken Mekhanik Yartsev landed at King George V Graving Dock in Southampton
The stricken Mekhanik Yartsev landed at King George V Graving Dock in Southampton
Arthur Bailey from Cosham ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (180606-7076)

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A Russian cargo ship which was leaning to one side after getting into difficulties just outside Portsmouth Habrbour has been towed to safety.

The Coastguard said the stricken Mekhanik Yartsev landed at King George V Graving Dock in Southampton, two days after the first plans were made to berth the listing vessel.

The ship was towed to safety with the help of a lifeboat, tug boat, pilot vessel and patrol boat.

The 13 crew on board are all safe and well.

A previous attempt to guide the boat to harbour had to be abandoned on Wednesday due to poor weather in the Solent.