With its prow resting on the rocks at Tuʻanuku shore, this dramatic picture shows just how close the Niuvākai cargo ship came to a potentially disastrous end.
The picture was obviously taken after the cargo vessel ran aground off the Tuʻanuku coast on Friday morning.
The cause of the incident is still unknown.
The Minister of Infrastructure confirmed the incident on Friday and said there were no reports of any injuries.
The 36-year-old ship has just returned from Fiji about two weeks ago after its dry dock in Walu Bay. The dry dock was made after it was taken out of service because it was found to be leaking.
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