Watch: Italian cargo ship grounded by storm

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

General cargo ship CDRY BLUE was pushed aground by a storm in Sant’Antioco area, southwestern Sardinia on 21 December.

The 108m Italian-flagged vessel left Cagliari bound for Spain with a cargo of coffee, encountered rough weather and tried to shelter, but failed.

The Italian Coast Guard immediately assisted the cargo ship by sending out air and naval assets; including two patrol boats specialized in search and rescue and NEMO helicopter from the fourth section of the Decimomannu Coast Guard. However, due to the bad weather conditions, the twelve crew members aboard the ship could not be airlifted.

The crew members could only be rescued at dawn. They were airlifted in three groups and brought to the Ufficio Circondariale Marittimo di Sant’Antioco. A medical team assisted the crew members brought on shore.

The Italian authorities have been monitoring the ship to ensure that its stability and possibility of fuel spill.

Footage: Guardia Costiera