Ship freed after being stuck off Virginia Beach

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

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Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 11:07 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A big ship stuck near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is now free.

The Coast Guard  reviewed the salvage plan to move the 751-foot bulk carrier Ornak Friday morning.

Officialsl say it's was to be moved to Lynnhaven Anchorage for a hull inspection to be completed by a dive team. Once the ship is deemed safe, the Coast Guard says the vessel can be put back into service.

The Coast Guard said ballast water was pumped off the vessel and tug boats  moved it as the tide came in - after 10 a.m. 

"Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and dynamic operation, requiring close coordination of multiple stakeholders," said Capt. John Little, the Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. "We are eager to have the vessel removed from Virginia Beach and returned to service while ensuring that it represents no hazard to the port or the environment."

 

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