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Coast Guard safely refloats grounded cargo ship off North Carolina coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Coast Guard responded to a cargo ship Thursday afternoon after it ran aground in the Beaufort Inlet Channel.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina got a call at 1:15 p.m. that a 590-foot cargo ship Pola Palekh ran aground between buoys 16 and 17 in the channel.

A safety marine information broadcast was issued and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Fort Macon was launched.

The acting captain of the Port for Sector North Carolina temporarily closed the channel to deep draft commercial traffic.

At 8:18 p.m. tugboats assisted the Pola Palekh off the shoaling and brought the vessel to Morehead City State Port Terminal by about 8:45 p.m.

The Pola Palekh is carrying 35,800 metric tons of fertilizer and holds about 27,000 gallons of fuel oil.

The Coast Guard has not reported any injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel.

The Coast Guard worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina Ports Authority to resolve the issue.