Coast guard monitoring vessel after tow line lost off Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The crew aboard a tugboat off the southeast coast of Newfoundland is planning to reconnect a tow line on a derelict Russian passenger ship that broke free in heavy seas Thursday.

The ship was being towed to the Domincan Republic to be scrapped when the line snapped.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Coast Guard says the Lyubov Orlova is drifting towards the open ocean, about 13 kilometres off Cape Race.

Jan Woodford says sea conditions have improved with wave heights recorded at three metres and southwest winds at 37 kilometres per hour.

Wave heights were at six metres on Thursday when the ship broke free.

The coast guard vessel Cape Roger has been dispatched to the scene.

The Russian cruise ship had been abandoned in St. John's about two years ago when its owners ran into financial trouble.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Newfoundland, ST. JOHN'S, Domincan Republic Cape Race

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