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Saturday, 5 January, 2002, 16:26 GMT
Picture gallery: Cornwall's stranded tanker
The Cornish village of Kingsand, near Plymouth, was evacuated after a 3,000-tonne petrol tanker became stranded on rocks on the night of 1 January 2002.

The MV Willy had discharged its cargo in Plymouth, but coastguards feared petrol vapours in its empty holds could be ignited, scattering metal shrapnel across a wide area.

The ship was finally re-floated on 11 January and towed to Falmouth, after a delicate operation to avoid spilling remaining fuel in an ecologically sensitive area. The unfolding story has produced dramatic pictures.

Tuesday night image
The ship dragged its anchors during a night-time storm

Crewmen come ashore
The 12 crew were able to wade ashore

Exclusion zone
Police set up an exclusion zone around the ship

Evacuation centre
An evacuation centre was set up for villagers

Ship and Kingsand
Some villagers ignored warnings not to return home

Waves on deck
Waves have rolled straight across the ship's deck

Salvors by hull
Salvage experts risked going aboard at low tide

Team on deck
A salvage team assessed damage on board

Floating crane
A floating crane lifted salvage gear aboard

Ship is re-floated
The ship was finally pulled clear on Friday, 11 January

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See also:

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