Oil removed from ship that ran aground near Witless Bay

Two people aboard the Northern Star fishing vessel were rescued by helicopter after the ship ran aground near Witless Bay early Saturday morning.

Owner of vessel responsible for removing wreckage from rocks

Two people aboard the Northern Star, pictured here after it ran aground, had to be airlifted to safety early Saturday morning. (Submitted by Darlene Sorrey Scott )

Canadian Coast Guard crews have removed the oil from a fishing boat that ran aground near Witless Bay.

Two people aboard the Northern Star were rescued by helicopter after the ship ran aground early Saturday morning.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax dispatched a Cormorant helicopter to rescue the two individuals, and Canadian Coast Guard officials were on the scene with an environmental response team, monitoring the situation until mid-afternoon Saturday.

Two members of the Canadian Coast Guard return to a helicopter after surveying the scene near Witless Bay. (Submitted by Darlene Sorrey Scott)

The Northern Star was grounded in the rocks on a shoal area of the shoreline and sustained extensive damage.

Coast guard officials said crews were able to remove the 800 litres of oil on board the boat and that no oil sheens have been detected on the water. The coast guard also hasn't observed any impact on marine wildlife.

The owner of the Northern Star is now responsible for removing what's left of the shipwreck from the coastline.

Another angle shows the extensive damage to the Northern Star. (Submitted by Darlene Sorrey Scott)