Refloating stranded trawler proves a challenge

The Challenge ran aground at Cronulla Point on Tuesday.
The Challenge ran aground at Cronulla Point on Tuesday.

ATTEMPTS to refloat a 100-tonne trawler stranded off rocks in Sydney's south failed Wednesday morning, increasing the risk of fuel spilling into the sea before the next high-tide.

The ship, with the unfortunate name, The Challenge, has proved to be just that since it ran aground at Cronulla Point on Tuesday.

Four crew members were rescued

Marine authorities are now considering whether to pump out 15,000 litres of water from the trawler's bait tank to give it a better chance of refloating Thursday morning.

A Sydney Ports spokesman told the Herald the hull was still in good shape and crews would attempt to turn the ship's bow back to sea and avoid dragging it across the rocks.



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