Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A ship carrying live cattle from King Island to Tasmania ran aground overnight and is waiting for high tide to try to unload 283 beasts. The general manager of King Island Council Andrew Wardlaw says the vessel Matthew Flinders had to return to port on Monday night after encountering rough weather but overnight dragged its anchor into King Island's outer harbour.
Matthew FlindersHe said the ship, which has a front loading ramp, is stuck on Sandblow Beach and attempts to unload the cattle on Tuesday morning were aborted because it was too dangerous. He said the six-man crew hoped to be able to unload the cattle on Tuesday's high tide.