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Stricken Solent ship towed back to shore

Nineteen days after it was deliberately grounded on a sandbank in the Solent, the stranded car carrier Hoegh Osaka has been towed back to shore.

The Hoegh Osaka was deliberately run aground on a sandbank between Southampton and the Isle of Wight on January 3rd when crew realised it was in trouble.

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Coastguard: Most crew rescued from stricken ship

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told ITV Meridian that most of the crew on board a cargo vessel called the Hoegh Osaka that ran aground in the Solent have now been safely rescued.

A statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent is currently airlifting 25 crew from a car carrier which has grounded on the Bramble Bank, East Cowes, Isle of Wight.

"Southampton VTS is sending tugs to the scene to assist with the vessel which is listing to one side."

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