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6 crew members rescued from run-aground tanker off Nova Scotia coast

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Six crew members were rescued by helicopter from a tanker that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia Sunday – Jan 9, 2017

Six crew members that were stranded aboard a cargo vessel that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia have been safely rescued.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says a lightering barge, also referred to as a small tanker, ran aground at around 8 a.m. Sunday, just north of Sydney Mines, N.S.

The tanker, which has been identified as Arca 1, is used in harbour operations to fuel other vessels.

According to DFO, the ship lost power on route to Sydney before it ran aground.

No injuries were reported by any of the six crew aboard the ship.

A DFO surveillance aircraft was in the area Sunday afternoon helping officials monitor the situation and ensure that there were no pollutants released into the environment.

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A coast guard environmental response team will be heading to the Sydney area to work with the owners of the vessel.

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