Kiani Satu taking on water

The cargo ship that ran aground near Buffels Bay in the Western Cape is sinking. Efforts to pump out the remaining oil has been abandoned in a race to get the ship as far out to sea as possible. Video: eNCA
Photo taken on August 9, 2013 shows the Kiani Satu, a 165m bulk container ship carrying 330 tonnes of oil and 15,000 tonnes of rice, which ran aground approximately 6 km west of the Goukamma river mouth, off Knysna in the early hours of August 8, 2013. Photo: ALIX CARMICHELE / AFP

 

KNYSNA - The cargo ship that ran aground near Buffels Bay in the Western Cape is sinking.

It took six attempts to refloat the Kiani Satu.

A tugboat is still towing the vessel and it’s now about 70 nautical miles from the shore.

The salvage crew had hoped to pump the remaining 200 tons of fuel oil from the ship, to a supply vessel.

However, conditions have become too dangerous and the crew have since been airlifted to safety.

Once the ship has sunk, the oil spill will be monitored by air.

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