MUMBAI, June 17, 2011 (AFP) – Efforts to refloat a stranded cargo ship that ran aground off one of Mumbai’s most popular beaches last weekend failed on Friday, officials said. The MV Wisdom has been stranded at Juhu beach since last Saturday after it slipped its moorings to a tug that was towing it to from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to a breaker’s yard in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
“The salvage operation was suspended today (Friday) as the messenger rope that would have joined MV Wisdom to the tug could not be connected,” said the head of India’s maritime watchdog, S.B. Agnihotri.
“The operation will resume during the high tide tomorrow (Saturday),” he told the Press Trust of India news agency.
Attempts to refloat the 147-metre (482-feet) long Singapore-flagged vessel, which was not carrying fuel or cargo, began on Thursday and have involved Indian navy helicopters.