Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall beach

A Russian cargo ship ran aground off a beach on the south coast of Britain this morning as the area was battered by winds of up to 74mph.

Emergency services launched a major operation after the Kuzma Minin became stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall.

Some 18 crew but no cargo were believed to be on board. The RNLI launched out of Falmouth just after 6am with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water.

The Kuzma Minin became stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall today

The Kuzma Minin became stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall today

The Kuzma Minin became stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall today

The Russian cargo ship ran aground off a beach on the south coast of Britain this morning

The Russian cargo ship ran aground off a beach on the south coast of Britain this morning

The Russian cargo ship ran aground off a beach on the south coast of Britain this morning

Emergency services launched a major operation after the Kuzma Minin became stranded

Emergency services launched a major operation after the Kuzma Minin became stranded

Emergency services launched a major operation after the Kuzma Minin became stranded

Witnesses have taken pictures of the boat close to the shore. It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for severe weather with 65mph winds forecast.

Gales have already been recorded at up to 74mph in Cornwall and 40 knots on the River Tamar – disrupting traffic. Kuzma Minion is a 23,169 tonne bulk carrier registered in Russia, running at 592ft (180.5m) long. She was built in 1980.

Sean Stratton, who spotted the ship on the beach in Falmouth today, tweeted: ‘Russian ship wrecked on Gyllyngvase beach! She’s broadside onto the beach.

‘In my opinion Falmouth shipyard tugs won’t be powerful enough to pull her off the suction effect of sand. A salvage tug is needed but they no longer station one at Falmouth… I’m claiming wreckers’ rights!’

Emergency services launched the operation after the ship became stranded in Cornwall

Emergency services launched the operation after the ship became stranded in Cornwall

Emergency services launched the operation after the ship became stranded in Cornwall

The RNLI launched out of Falmouth with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water

The RNLI launched out of Falmouth with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water

The RNLI launched out of Falmouth with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water

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