The 82 meter long, 1783 dwt freighter Carrier ran aground during a strong gale at Colwyn Bay near Liverpool, England. The Carrier was swept ashore in five meter swells. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard dispatching two helicopters to the scene. The helicopters were able to lift the seven crew safely.
The Carrier was loaded with stones from Belfast before going aground. Authorities have dispatched salvage and pollution experts to the site. The Carrier has some 40,000 liters of fuel on board. Initial surveys of the vessel found the hull has sustained several holes and some light diesel fuel was released into the water. The main fuel tanks still remain intact and authorities have arranged to have the remaining fuel pumped out from the vessel as soon as weather permits.