The large cargo ship Munzur surprised all the people on the beach at Shaldon by running aground. The 81 meter vessel was beached in the River Teign. All people on the beach were shocked to see the cargo ship Munzur. Local people quickly gathered at the location of the grounded ship. Off-duty fireman Colin Stidworthy, who was with his children described the curious case:
"We heard the fog horn which means a ship in distress and we saw all these people on the beach. I've lived here all my life and it's the first time I've heard of a cargo boat hitting the beach."
Munzur was sailing towards the Teignmouth Harbour when ran aground on The Salty in the middle of the river. The harbour commission tug boat Teign C was dispatched to the location of the incident to pull off the cargo ship. As the Munzur turned, grounded again on the beach. Teignmouth Harbourmaster David Vaughan informed:
"It was all pretty straightforward. It is something that has occasionally happened in the past. It created a bit of a sight. She went aground first on The Salty. It's quite a tight turn. She had problems manoeuvring because she was very light which made it difficult for the pilot and master.
She's not particularly big but she looked bigger because she didn't have any cargo on board which made her higher in the water.
Munzur was on The Salty for two minutes and she was assisted back into the channel by the Teign Harbour Commisssion tug Teign C. Her bow swung around across Shaldon beach and then she was turned completely around and pulled into harbour."