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26 July 2011

Ship runs aground: Sheffield Beach, Kwazulu Natal

Ship runs aground at Sheffield Beach

Crew being rescued off the ship

Images: ChantzTC (Click on image for larger view.)

The anchor line of the Phoenix, a derelict bulk tanker, snapped yesterday afternoon in rough seas (4 meter swells) and the 164 meter ship ran aground early this morning.  All the crew were safely removed from the vessel by the Air-force's 15 squadron in Durban.

The vessel doesn't have any cargo on board but she does still have fuel oil on board which obviously could pose a problem to the local environment.