Ship runs aground on Cyprus beach amid bad weather

Friday, December 09, 2011

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say a cargo ship has run aground amid rough weather on the island's coast.

Police said the Sierra Leone-flagged Edro III departed the Cypriot port of Limassol for the Greek island of Rhodes yesterday, but ran into trouble about 10 miles (15 kilometers) off Paphos, a coastal town in the island's southwest.

The ship later drifted and its bow became wedged in rocky stretch of beach.

A helicopter from a British base near Limassol on the island's southern coast airlifted seven of the nine-member crew to shore where they were given precautionary medical checkups.

Police said the captain and chief engineer stayed aboard the ship. The crew is made up of seven Albanians and two Egyptians. Authorities say they will tow the ship back to port.


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