Tug runs aground in low tide at Newlyn harbour
A TUG ran aground in Newlyn harbour today.
The Nigerian-registered vessel is believed to have tried to manoeuvre the harbour when it got caught out by a low tide at around 10am.
The yellow and black boat became beached but the crew decided to leave it to refloat with an incoming tide rather than call for help.
"I did think they might ask for a tow but they have just left it," said Patrick Harvey, coxswain of Penlee lifeboat.
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"It should float itself when the tide comes in again."
The tug arrived in Newlyn earlier this week and is one of two set to leave the port and head back to Nigeria.
Andrew Munson, Newlyn harbour master, said the grounded tug posed no risk.
"Sometimes boats go aground on the low tide and then just float off later," he said.
"There is no risk of pollution or danger from this."
High tide at Newlyn is at 7pm.