A cargo ship full of broken glass has run aground just off the Margate coast

Rescue attempts are underway today (Sunday) after a 75-metre long boat ran aground just off the Thanet coast.

The Islay Trader - which is carrying a cargo of broken glass - came into difficulty during the early hours.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "Shortly after 3am on Sunday morning the UK Coastguard was alerted that the cargo vessel Islay Trader, had dragged anchor and run aground near Margate Harbour between 30 and 50 metres from shore.

"There is no risk to life and the crew remain on board in preparation for an attempt to refloat and tow the vessel to safety around midday on Sunday with the next high water (2.30pm). The ship’s agent has arranged for a tug from Medway, which is due to arrive late this morning.

"The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer is working with the vessel's shipping agents during the recovery operation and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, have been informed. The Secretary Of State’s Representative for Salvage and Intervention has been informed and is monitoring the situation. "

The Islay Trader is a Barbudan flagged 75 metre general cargo vessel. A crew of six are on board.

The coastguard said there was no pollution or damage to fuel tanks, and the risk of pollution was judged to be very low.

Source: Kent Live 

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