Stricken Russian ship towed to safety

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

Thursday, 28th December 2017, 4:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th December 2017, 4:39 pm
The stricken Mekhanik Yartsev landed at King George V Graving Dock in Southampton

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.

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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.