The stranded cargo ship Rena split in half over the weekend during an fierce storm. Nineteen-foot waves battered the vessel until it broke in two, spilling some 300 containers into the sea. The AP reports there were still 385 tons of oil aboard the vessel, raising fears of further oil leakage. The commander of the salvage team told reporters: “While reports at this stage indicate there has not been a significant release of oil, with the Rena in its current fragile state, a further release is likely.”
An eyewitness said on Sunday that the “stern has reared up and center section is not visible. Large breaking waves observed on bow.”
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