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Officials to refloat stranded trawler

Rescue officials are expected to try refloating the Japanese trawler stranded on Clifton's First Beach.

The Eihatsu Maru stranded on Clifton beach
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CAPE TOWN - Salvage operators attempting to refloat a stranded Japanese trawler on Tuesday, are struggling to get the vessel back into the deep sea.

The fully loaded Eihatsu Maru ran aground on Clifton’s first beach, along Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard on Saturday.

Previous attempts to pull the vessel out of the sea were also unsuccessful.

Salvage operators are now hoping to repair a broken cable and make a third attempt.

Spectators have been warned to steer clear of the beach while the operation is underway.

This is the third attempt since the vessel ran aground on the weekend.

With the sun shining and no fog in sight, the weather could not have been more perfect.

A small group of salvage officials are standing around, excepting to be busy for the rest of the day, on what they conceive to be a slow process.

The vessel is expected to be pulled out to sea, bit by bit, until it is completely refloated.

Some locals have expressed concerns over a possible oil spill.

Meanwhile, this is not the first vessel to run aground in the Mother City.

In 2009, the Seli 1 ran aground at Bloubergstrand.

The South African Maritime Authority (Samsa) had to reportedly fork out millions as the vessel was not insured.

The Russian owner abandoned the vessel.

Approximately 21,000 tonnes of the 30,000 tonnes originally in the vessel were removed and sold to a distributor ashore.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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