2 South Korean captains arrested over country's worst-ever oil spill

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December 25, 2007 07:12

 
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The captains of a crane-carrying barge and its tugboat have been arrested on charges of causing the accident that led to South Korea's worst-ever oil spill, a coast guard official said Tuesday. The Dec. 7 accident occurred after a wire linking the barge and tugboat was cut in high winds, sending the barge slamming into a Hong Kong-registered supertanker. The tanker leaked 78,920 barrels of oil into South Korea's western waters, jeopardizing the ecosystem and blackening beaches.

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