The 53 meter long, 1317 dwt bunker tanker Arca 1 ran aground off Cape Breton near Little Pond, Nova Scotia. The tanker was en route to Sydney, Nova Scotia in stormy seas when it suffered engine failure. Without power, the Arca 1 was quickly blown ashore until it rested just off the shoreline.
The crew sent out a distress call and requested assistance. A few hours later, the six crew on board were airlifted to safety by a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the the tanker is hard aground, but has not suffered any hull damage and no signs of pollution. The Arca 1 had some 15 tons of fuel on board at the time of the grounding. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and has a response group ready to mitigate any pollution released.