Chinese Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Antarctica

Had prompted oil spill concerns

Joe Spring

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A burning, unmanned Chinese fishing vessel that was zizagging off the coast of Antarctica last week sunk on Sunday, prompting an international rescue effort. The Kai Xin caught fire last Wednesday and all 97 crew members were rescued by the Norwegian krlll fishing vessel Juvel.

Fearing an oil spill, the Chilean navy sent a boat to tow the Kai Xin to safety. The burning 341-foot ship sank before they could retrieve it.

The maritime partner for Chile’s portion of Antarctica said that a large oil spill is unlikely. “An environmental disaster is ruled out because of the fire on board,” Captain Juan Villegas told the Associated Press. “Experts say that if there was any fuel on board it has burned out by now.”

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