This was done deliberately.
A total of about 1,400 vehicles were on this cargo ship when it was forced to run aground on a bank in the UK. The combined value of all of those vehicles is about $53 million, according to the latest reports. Called the Hoegh Osaka, the 590-foot ship weighs 57,000 tons and was making its way from the British port of Southampton to Bremerhaven, Germany. The ship’s crew deliberately ran it aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday after it developed problems and started to list, meaning it started to tilt to the side.
No serious injuries were reported and the crew was airlifted to safety. Tug boats tried to free the ship, but that proved unsuccessful. On a brighter note, all of those cars are not only fully insured but are still "strapped down in position" and may not be seriously damaged. For now the goal is to free the ship then inspect its cargo.