Nearly 300 cows were stuck on board the Mathew Flinders when it ran aground on Kings Island just off of Tasmania, Australia late Monday night. Initial attempts to refloat the cattle vessel were unsuccesful. After about 24 hrs, the cows were offloaded via the ships rear loading ramp where they were herded together onshore. One cow was reported to have perished in the offloading when it tried to swim out to sea.
According to The Mercury.com.au “the difficulties highlighted the frustrations associated with shipping 1000 animals a week,” but I’m sure the crew of some of those cattle vessles will tell you of different frustrations.
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