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During Storm Eunice, a crane vessel moored near Tipner, broke free of its moorings and ran aground next to Horsea Island, near the M275.

An inspection of the crane was carried out on Friday night by the appointed salvage company, where it was secured to mooring points nearby. A further inspection took place at high tide on Saturday, which was attended by the Queen’s Harbour Master. Following these inspections, the crane appears to be secure in its current location for the moment and will be monitored by the crane’s owners.

The water in the area is very shallow, and recovery operations will need careful planning. The council are working closely with the crane’s owners and their appointed salvage company, along with the Queen’s Harbour Master, on a plan for recovering the crane.

The salvage operation will only take place once the required tides and weather conditions allow.