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Attempts to salvage vessel on hold

Attempts to rescue a Japanese fishing trawler have been put on hold.

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CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority said there will be no further attempts to refloat the Japanese fishing vessel stuck at Clifton’s first beach on Wednesday.

The Eihatsu Maru ran aground on Saturday carrying 90 tons of fuel and 40 tons of tuna.

All attempts to salvage the vessel have failed.

Samsa's Dave Colly said even though no attempts will be made on Wednesday, other processes will still continue.

“We probably won’t even give it a pull. Today we will be taking the oil off.”

He said the biggest problem preventing the removal is the lack of water.

“The biggest problem is the lack of water. Things are getting better and better by the day at the moment because as we move towards spring tide there will be more water to pull it out.”

Colly said the vessel's owner has also gone missing.

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)

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