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Rescue underway as vessel adrift off Cape Wrath

By Staff Reporter

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A rescue operation is underway off Cape Wrath after a cargo vessel lost power.

HM Coastguard is coordinating the response after the Wilson Corinth reported it had lost power just west of the Orkney islands.

It happened around 4am when the 327-ft long vessel, which is carrying coal, reported it had been unable to restart its engines.

The duty counter pollution and salvage officer from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency sent the coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel.

It is now with the 14-year-old Wilson Corinth about 30 miles northeast of Cape Wrath.

"The master of the Wilson Corinth has told the MCA that he believes his team will be able to repair it themselves but the ETV will remain in the vicinity as a precautionary measure to provide a tow if needed," said a spokeswoman for the MCA.

The Antigua Barbuda flagged stricken ship, which is 4418 gross tonnes, was en route to Reykjavik in Iceland.

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