Mrunal Manmay Dash

Puri: The stranded Malaysian cargo ship, Jin Hwa 32 lying defunct at Rajhans beach near Chilika, was finally towed away into deep waters after hours of effort last night.

As per reports, a 15-member rescue team from Malaysia took the help of another ship MV-Cheetah and completed the salvage work last night. The defunct Jin Hwa 32 was reportedly tied with MV-Cheetah with a rope and towed away. Though receding tide played spoilsport in the day, high tide in the night turned out to be a blessing for the Malaysian crew who finally succeeded in towing it away into deep waters.

It has been nearly one-and-a-half month since the Malaysian cargo ship enroute to Vishakhapatnam from Bangladesh developed a technical snag and landed on the shores of Chilika.

Fearing the oil leakage from the ship which could have led to ecological destruction in the largest brackish water lake, Puri district administration had issued notice to the owners of Jin Hwa 32 on 29th August to extract oil safely from it and take the ship away from Odisha shores.

Later, nearly 32,000 litres of oil were salvaged through a 700-metre long pipe from the ship by a team from Bangladesh.