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CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority on Monday said it was still unclear what led to a fishing vessel running aground on Clifton Beach along Cape Town's Atlantic seaboard.

Attempts to tow the Eihatsu Maru back out to sea failed at the weekend.

It ran into trouble early Saturday morning.

The authority's Dave Colly said it remains a mystery how the ship became stricken, but said often in such cases communication barriers can play a part.

“Language is the barrier. They can hardly communicate at all.”

The entire 30 crewman (composed of Japanese and Taiwanese) and a dog were rescued.

Meanwhile, the locals have voiced their concerns over a possible oil spill.

The beach remains closed to the public.

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