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Fishing trawler runs aground off Cape Town beach

Schalk Van Zuydam / AP

Rescue workers help a crew member from a stranded trawler into a rescue boat.

A 50-meter (164-foot) Japanese trawler with 28 fishermen ran aground off a popular beach in Cape Town, South Africa, May 12. Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said thick fog may have contributed to the accident early Saturday at First Beach in Cape Town's upscale Clifton area. Rescuers evacuated 19 of the 28 crew aboard and are hoping to refloat the vessel at high tide.

Mike Hutchings / Reuters

Onlookers walk past the stranded fishing trawler.