The Challenge aground off Cronulla.
An attempt to refloat a 23.5-metre trawler that ran aground on a reef at Cronulla Point has failed.
Last night a salvage team attached lines to the stern of the Challenge to drag it off the rocks early this morning at high tide.
A Sydney Ports spokesman told AAP that the Challenge “nearly came off in the tide” but remained stuck fast. It will now remain there until at least Thursday.
“The boat will have to be lightened so we will have pumps on board to pump out the tank throughout the day.” The trawler is carrying about 10,000 litres of fuel. Salvage crews will again try to remove the trawler tomorrow at 6am when the tide is at least 1.5 metres.
Sydney Ports harbour master Philip Holliday said his priority was to ensure there was no threat to the environment. “The last thing we need is to rush this. It needs to be done carefully and that’s why we’re so keen to see a plan that guarantees the best possible outcome,” he said.
An investigation continues into why the trawler ran aground at 12:45am on Tuesday. Water police rescued the four Indonesian crew members who tried to escape. The crew continues to assist police with inquiries. – Story and photo by Aleysha Tombleson