I visited Clifton 2nd beach at about 4pm yesterday afternoon to see a large tug stationed a couple of hundred meters from the ship with one (or two, I think) cables connecting it to the Japanese trawler. A smaller tug was making regular trips to the large tug, and a small rubber boat was used between the tiny tug and trawler. I’m guessing they were dropping off supplies and equipment.
High tide was due at 21h00 yesterday evening, at which time the large tug was due to give an almighty tug (pun and all, yes) and hopefully free the vessel from the beach before its structure gave way to the relentless battle between ocean currents and fixed land. I’m not yet sure if the rescue team managed to free the ship – I’m sure we’ll hear how the operation fared once the sun comes up in the morning. I am holding both thumbs fairly tightly though.