The Coastguard are monitoring a 90 metre cargo vessel which grounded on a shingle bank north of the Needles this afternoon.
Needles Coastguard Rescue Team is keeping watch over the vessel from the Needles lookout and the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat is standing off the vessel.
The British registered vessel, Paula C was reported to Solent Coastguard as grounded at 1.00 pm. The vessel has pumped off ballast water in order to lighten the ship.
Tony Wheeler, Solent Coastguard Watch Manager says:
The vessel is likely to remain aground until around midnight tonight when we hope that it will float off on the high tide. There are nine people onboard. All are safe and well and will remain on the vessel.
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