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Last parts of MSC Napoli removed

Napoli remains on crane
The last sections of the ship are being put on barges to be taken away

The final remains of a cargo ship deliberately grounded off the Devon and Dorset coast more than two-and-a-half years ago have been removed.

The last sections of the stern of the MSC Napoli were cut and winched on to barges by Dutch salvors at 1535 BST.

The vessel was beached off Branscombe in January 2007 after being damaged in an English Channel storm.

Thousands of scavengers flocked to Devon where about 50 of the stricken ship's 2,400 containers washed ashore.

A temporary exclusion zone of 500m around the wreck remained while the stern was cut up and put on board salvors' barges.

All the scrap will be taken to a recycling plant at Gravendeel in the Netherlands.

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