A cargo vessel off the southwest coast of Newfoundland ran aground at around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, N.S., the 180-metre bulk carrier John 1 ran aground about 1.6 kilometres from Rose Blanche.

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The 23 crew of a cargo vessel was being evacuated after the ship ran aground near Rose Blanche, N.L. on Saturday afternoon. (Google Maps)

A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched from 103 Squadron in Gander to remove the 23 people aboard the ship.

All 23 were taken off the John 1, and were being taken to Burgeo just after 4 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Marine Atlantic commercial ferry crossings in the area were cancelled earlier on Saturday due to high winds.