Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rough Seas Complicate Situation for Cargo Boat Stranded off Newfoundland Coast

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rough Seas Complicate Situation for Cargo Boat Stranded off Newfoundland Coast

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Cargo boat breaks down off Newfoundland coast

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Inclement weather is causing a dangerous situation as crews try to tow a disabled cargo ship to safety near the coast of Newfoundland, says a Canadian Coast Guard official.

MV Baby Leeyn, a 132-metre cargo ship with nearly 300 tons of fuel onboard, ran into engine trouble just after midnight Sunday when it was 15 kilometres south of Cape St. Mary.

Larry Crann, a senior response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, said the vessel was drifting in the ocean Sunday afternoon in what he called a "fluid" situation because of rough sea conditions.

The owner of MV Baby Leeyn has hired a tug boat, but Crann said the conditions make it difficult to safely attach the disabled ship.

"The biggest challenge for us right now is the safety of the people who are on board and the safety of the crew that's trying to attach the tow line," he said. …

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