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Stranded Solent ship: Hoegh Osaka begins to move in the water

A cargo ship carrying high-quality cars has "freed itself" from the sandbank where it has been stranded since Saturday.

The Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground shortly after leaving Southampton on its way to Germany, began to move at high water.

Salvors had been pumping water out of the vessel, which is carrying 1,400 cars and construction equipment including Jaguars, Land Rovers and JCBs.

It will now be towed to a holding position in Southampton water and a full assessment will be carried out before she is moved any further.

  • 07 Jan 2015
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