Successful operation to re-float cargo vessel grounded off the north Norfolk coast

An attempt will be made tonight to re-float a cargo vessel run aground off Happisburgh coast. Photo

An attempt will be made tonight to re-float a cargo vessel run aground off Happisburgh coast. Photo by JR Hill Photography - Credit: JR Hill Photography

A cargo ship grounded off the north Norfolk coast for almost a week has been re-floated.

The Marine Traffic website shows the Muros (green diamond) aground around eight miles off the coast

The Marine Traffic website shows the Muros (green diamond) aground around eight miles off the coast of Happisburgh. Picture: MARINETRAFFIC.COM/ROB OOSTDIJK - Credit: MARINETRAFFIC.COM

The Spanish vessel Muros had been stranded since Saturday after it ran into difficulty eight miles from shore near Happisburgh.

The successful operation took place just before midnight to release the ship that had been lodged on a sandbank in an area known as the Haisbro Sand.

Previous attempts to tow the ship into open water had proved unsuccessful as the tides were too low.

The 89m vessel did not suffer any damage during the grounding and is now at anchor.

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said: 'The tides were higher last nigh which was more favourable, so the ship could be turned round and taken out the way it came in. All nine crew members on-board are all happy and well.

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