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.