Hoegh Osaka anchored for the night

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THE stranded cargo ship that was grounded in the Solent has been anchored for the night.

The 51,000-tonne Hoegh Osaka, which was stranded on the Bramble Bank sandbank, has been moved and anchored two miles south-west of Lee-on-the-Solent after it came free and began drifting this afternoon.

The Hoegh Osaka'''Picture: Richard Davies

The Hoegh Osaka'''Picture: Richard Davies

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency started towing the vessel to a new location at around 4.30pm and a temporary exclusion zone of 300 metres was put around the vessel.

A spokeswoman from the MCA said the vessel will remain near Lee-on-the-Solent tonight and an assessment will be carried out tomorrow morning,

The ship was grounded deliberately after it ran into trouble while sailing from Southampton with its cargo of 1,400 luxury and standard cars as well as 80 pieces of construction equipment.