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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bid to free trapped cargo ship

The MV Cielo di San Francisco ran aground on a sandbank between the Kish Bank and Bray on Tuesday morning

Sailors will attempt to free a huge cargo ship overnight after it went aground en route to Dublin.

The 24,000-ton Cielo Di San Francisco hit a sand bank about six miles off Bray Head, Co Wicklow, in the early hours of this morning.

There are 21 people on board the stranded vessel.

The Coast Guard sent an inspector by helicopter to the scene but it is not believed any damage was done to the Liberian-flagged ship.

There are no reported injuries among the crew.

The bulk carrier, which was transporting animal feed from Cork to Dublin, is around 600 feet long and 100 feet wide.

Crew are waiting for high tides overnight to try and set sail again.

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