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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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Crew of beached cargo ship praised for 'great skill'

The cargo ship Hoegh Osaka lies on its side after running aground. Credit: Reuters

The crew of a cargo ship deliberately grounded to save it from capsizing have been praised for their "great skill".

Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners which owns the vessel, said no oil had leaked from the vessel and preventing any environmental impact was his key priority.

It could take a week to remove the ship, which was carrying 1,400 cars.

Mr Skiaker said he was starting at immediate investigation but at this stage it was too early to investigate what caused the boat to list shortly after it left port.

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