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Ship runs aground off Italy

A cargo ship ran aground on Saturday off the coast of Sicily in Italy, and 19 crew members on board were rescued, the authorities said.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2012 08:54 IST
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A cargo ship ran aground on Saturday off the coast of Sicily in Italy, and 19 crew members on board were rescued, the authorities said.

The Italian vessel Gelso M hit the reefs near the shore "probably due to bad weather", the coast guard said. Its crew members were evacuated by helicopters, reports Xinhua.

The engine room of the vessel was flooded but there was no leakage of fuel. The environment ministry was monitoring the situation to reduce the risk of pollution.

First Published: Mar 11, 2012 07:14 IST