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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 November 2005, 11:39 GMT
Drifting ship brought into port
An RAF Sea King helicopter
Seven crew members were taken from the ship as it drifted.
A Dutch cargo ship which broke down off the coast of Pembrokeshire has been safely towed in to Swansea docks.

Seven crew members of the Stella Rigel had been airlifted to shore after the vessel's engine failed 25 miles west of Milford Haven on Friday.

Coastguards in Swansea said a surveyor will assess damage to the ship, which had been adrift in gale-force winds, before repairs are carried out.

Four crew members had remained on board to help pilot the ship in to port.

A Sea King rescue helicopter was scrambled from RAF Chivenor in north Devon and a lifeboat launched from St David's in west Wales at 0250 GMT on Friday when the ship was reported to be adrift without power.

Coastguards had feared the vessel, loaded with 3,800 tons of bitumen used to surface roads, was at risk of going on to rocks off the outcrop South Bishop.

At the time of the alert, Peter Mizen, area operations manager for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: "The vessel was unable to be repaired by the crew and started drifting.

"As a precaution, seven non-essential crew members were evacuated by helicopter and landed at St David's."

The Stella Rigel arrived in Swansea shortly before 1000 GMT on Saturday.




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