7 rescued from cargo ship as storms lash Britain
LONDON (AP) — Seven crew members were rescued from a cargo ship that ran aground during gales, and tens of thousands of people were without electricity Wednesday as snow and heavy winds lashed many parts of Britain.
The Antigua-registered ship Carrier hit rocks near Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in gale-force winds on Tuesday.
Two Royal Air Force rescue helicopters managed to lift the seven Polish crew members to safety.
The Maritime and Coast Guard agency said the 82-meter (270-foot) vessel was in one piece, and experts were working to refloat it.
Much of Britain has gone from summery sunshine to wintry storms in the course of a few days.
Parts of Scotland and northern England received 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow, and more than 40,000 homes were without electricity in northern England after ice and winds of up to 110 kph (70 mph) brought down power cables.