A vehicle carrier cargo ship run aground in The Solent on Saturday 3rd January 2015 and was listing to one side, leading to a major operation to rescue 26 people on-board the ship.

The Hoegh Osaka left Southampton at 20:21 and was en-route to Germany, however has run aground off East Cowes on Bramble Bank.

Lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth were in attendance alongside Coastguard Rescue 104 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent. Southampton Patrol and 4 tug boats, 2 from Esso and 2 from Southampton Docks, were also on scene.

It is understood a number of casualties had been rescued from the water by lifeboats, whilst many more had been airlifted from the deck of the Hoegh Osaka by the Coastguard helicopter and were taken to Lee-on-Solent.

One person was believed to have suffered a broken leg.

The Captain and First Officer were to remain on board the vessel, however all other crew members had been taken to safety. It is believed the huge cargo ship suffered a mechanical malfunction, swinging the ship around to port and onto Bramble Bank.

An RAF rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron had been tasked to assist in the operation, conducting a search of the wider area for any persons in the water.

The immediate rescue operation had been completed, however the long wait started for high tide at around 10:30 when efforts would be made to re-float the vehicle carrier.

Large ships were for some time unable to enter or exit the Port of Southampton.

Speed restrictions had been put in place, which is resulted in delays to Red Funnel ferry services.

At around 02:00 the vessel was understood to had listed further, resulting in all remaining senior officials being airlifted from the ship.

It had been confirmed that one crew member has been admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth with non-life threatening injuries.


The Hoegh Osaka was finally tugged to Southampton port on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd January 2015 – A whole 26 days of being ‘deliberately’ grounded after starting to list leaving port.

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On the night of the ship running aground out.


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The morning after.


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Media organisations lined the sea wall, including National TV broadcasting crews from Sky News. Local press photographer and Journalists also congregated.


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The ship turned into an attraction for the North of the Island, bring people to the shoreline to get a glimpse of the Hoegh Osaka on the Horizon.


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Sky News Broadcasting the Listing cargo ship Live on TV.