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19 people rescued from stricken trawler

19 crew members on board a fishing trawler have been rescued.

 Japanese trawler ran aground near Clifton beach on 12 May 2012. Picture: Chanel September/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – At least 19 of the 28 crew members on board a stranded fishing trawler have been rescued.

The Japanese ship ran aground at Clifton's First Beach on Saturday morning.

The 19 crew members have safely returned to shore.

They have been removed from the scene and taken to Granger Bay to recuperate.

Nine people and a dog remain on the vessel.

It is still not clear what caused the ship to run aground.

Salvage officials and the owners of the vessel are believed to be discussing a way forward.

No final decision has been taken as to how and when the vessel will be removed.  

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