The 102 meter long, 3177 dwt cargo vessel Westwind II went aground on the harbour breakwall at Portland, Dorset, England. The Westwind II had contacted the port authorties that it had dragged its anchor and had gone aground on the northeast breakwall. None of the 11 crewmen on board were injured and no reports of pollution being released. Port authorities and the Portland Coastguard were conducting recovery operations.
Earilier in the week, an MP’s request to keep a coastguard operation center open in Dorset was rejected. The current government plans to reduce the number of centers from 18 to just ten with none in operation in Dorset.