Stricken ship towed to sea

The cargo ship that ran aground off the west coast of Scotland last Wednesday is at anchor 1.5 miles east of Kilchoan in Mingary Bay, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground at Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, in the western entrance to the Sound of Mull, has nine crew on board.
Early this morning the increased wind caused the vessel to drag her anchor. A tow line was placed on board and, as per the contingency plan, the ship was towed back out to sea.
This vessel is stable and no oil sheen has been reported today; salvage work is said to be progressing well.
Salvors are making final preparatory for the transfer of fuel oil from the damaged tank to other internal tanks on board the vessel.
This fuel will be removed from the vessel when the weather improves. This work will need to be completed before Lysblink Seaways can be towed away from the area for repair.
The high winds in the Sound of Mull are forecast to continue until tomorrow. The vessels Forth Jouster and Kingdom of Fife are on scene to assist with the salvage operation.
The Scottish Environment Group continues to monitor the operation and has a representative on scene.
A Marine Response Centre has been established to assist with the oversight and delivery of counter pollution measures.
The Temporary Exclusion Zone of 200 metres for the vessel’s new location is now in place.