Boating news roundup

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Boating news roundupHello everyone, here is a brief update of boating news. Enjoy!

Cargo ship runs aground on Welsh coast
A stricken cargo ship has run aground off the Conwy coast in Wales and seven crew members have been rescued.

On Tuesday (3 April) the ship struck rocks near a quarry jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay and two lifeboats and a helicopter were called to rescue the crew.

Concerns were being raised about the possibility a fuel leak may have on the surrounding environment, however, salvage experts have said that they do not believe it will cause any harm.

Despite strong winds overnight the main fuel tank remains intact and only a small amount of oil has leaked.

Plans are now in place to remove the remaining fuel on board.

The RNLI has said that the boat, which used the jetty to load limestone, hit a rock on the breakwater at Llanddulas and ended up broadside on the shore.

Volvo Ocean Race update
For those of you who are on the edge of your seats watching the Volvo Ocean Race, things are getting more and more tense as leg 5 draws to a close.

The overall race leaders Telefónica are hot on the heels of leg five leaders PUMA after their closest competitor Groupama suspended racing overnight with a broken mast.

At 0700 UTC on Thursday, PUMA Ocean Racing were leading Telefónica by 56 nautical miles and were within 465 nm of the finish line.

Telefónica have been attacking with venom and since they suspended racing on March 31 for 17 hours to repair structural damage, they have managed to claw back most of a 400 nm deficit.

PUMA are pushing for a win, but they were in second place when Groupama’s mast broke and they suspended racing on Wednesday.

Groupama skipper Franck Cammas today reported that his team planned to resume racing with a jury rig.

Man admits ‘drink boating’ offence on Loch Lomond
A man has admitted to being drunk whilst in control of a boat on Loch Lomond (pictured) and is believed to be the first Loch Lomond boater to be convicted under “drink-boating” rules.

According to the BBC, Andrew Kelly, 38, was so drunk behind the wheel of the boat that he almost fell off the pier when police went to speak to him.

Concerned park rangers towed his boat to shore when he ran out of fuel and the police then approached Kelly, who refused to provide a breath specimen.

Kelly, of Castlemilk, Glasgow, was on the loch in his father’s 18-foot cabin cruiser, with a young child and dog also aboard, on 17 July 2011 and has been fined £450

Picture: Lionel Grove

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