The 58 meter long ferry Monnik  went aground in the Wadden Sea.  The vessel with 60 passengers on board was en route to Schiermonnikoog from Lauwersoog when the vessel struck a sandbank.  The vessel contacted the KNRM who dispatched lifeboats to the scene.   The lifeboats attempted to pull the ferry free, but the vessel was firmly stuck and it was decided to wait until the rising tide.   An hour later, the vessel refloated and proceeded to Schiermonnikoog.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.  Reports state the vessel grounded due to the strong winds in the area.  The Monnik was in a similar situation back in 2011.

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