Russian carrier ship which ran aground off Cornwall is refloated

The Kuzma Minin has been successfully refloated following a combined effort between five harbour tugs and a salvage vessel.

At around 2.00pm today the vessel was back afloat (18 December) and was moving back out into Falmouth Bay under her own power, with the assistance of the tugs. The weather conditions have improved, which assisted the refloat attempt.

Two Maritime and Coastguard Surveyors will be going on board to carry out an initial assessment of the vessel, before the vessel can be brought alongside for a full inspection. 

There continues to be no report of any pollution following the successful refloating of the vessel.

The Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSRep) Maritime Salvage & Intervention continues to monitor the situation.

James Instance, Maritime Operations Controller for HM Coastguard said ‘It was great to see an excellently and swiftly coordinated response to this incident today. The cooperation of all service involved helped to ensure a successful rescue operation in very demanding conditions.’

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