ROME  - An Italian cargo ship ran aground in high winds and seas off Sicily on Saturday, the coastguard said, adding that the 19 crew were taken off by helicopter amid worsening weather. The 150-metre (500-foot) Gelso M was driven on to rocks near Syracuse and began letting in water, and the captain ordered it to be abandoned, the coastguard said in a statement. Coastguard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro said four helicopters had airlifted the crew to safety and all were in good health. The ship, a tanker, was carrying no cargo at the time of the incident, and its double hull meant there was a low risk of pollution.