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Weather breaks up Mulheim
RMS Mulheim
The ship ran aground in March
Harsh weather conditions have taken their toll on the wreck of a cargo ship which was grounded off Land's End earlier in the year.

The RMS Mulheim was carrying 2,200 tonnes of shredded plastic when she was beached near Sennen Cove on 22 March.

Hundreds of tonnes of the cargo, which was destined for a landfill site in Germany, escaped into the sea after the vessel ran aground on its route from Ireland.

The vessel is now finally breaking up, with just a third of the structure now visible on rocks.

An operation co-ordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), was carried out to remove the vessel's cargo before the 1,846-tonne ship was left to the mercy of the sea.

Officials from the Environment Agency insist the plastic from the vessel's cargo poses no health threat.

An investigation into the grounding concluded it happened when the vessel's chief officer was knocked unconscious in a bizarre accident.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch report said the officer was sat in a chair and when he went to get up, his trousers caught in a chair lever. He fell over and knocked himself out.

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18 May 03  |  Cornwall
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15 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
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14 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
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11 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
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04 Apr 03  |  England
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31 Mar 03  |  England

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