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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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Efforts to salvage Solent cargo ship held up

The Hoegh Osaka after it was beached on a sandbank. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Efforts to re-float a car carrier which was deliberately stranded on a sandbank will not take place tomorrow after salvage experts said the vessel had taken on more water than previously thought.

The 51,000-tonne Hoegh Osaka was grounded between Southampton and the Isle of Wight on Saturday after it set sail from the Hampshire port

The vessel, which has a cargo of 1,400 cars and 80 pieces of construction equipment, began to list as it left the port, forcing the captain and the pilot to beach it on a sandbank to stop it capsizing.

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