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Freighter towed to safety after grounding in Newfoundland

Jul 1, 2019 05:08 PM

A dive team will assess damage to M/V BBC Oregon

Canadian Coast Guard photo

(BAY BULLS, Newfoundland) — A cargo ship that ran aground as it was leaving Bay Bulls Harbor on Sunday afternoon was towed to safety later that day with the rising tide, CBC News reported.

The Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Sub-Center in St. John's received a call that M/V BBC Oregon had grounded shortly after the incident occurred. That prompted the Coast Guard's Environmental Response Unit to set up an incident command post and send a team to the harbor.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Edward Cornwallis and tugboat Beverley M. towed the grounded freighter to a safe spot to anchor in the harbor Sunday evening.

According to the Coast Guard, a contracted diving company was set to conduct an underwater hull survey on Monday to determine the extent of the damage to the ship. No injuries or no pollution were reported.

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