Stricken freighter kills two in Australia

June 9, 2007 07:11

Officials rushed to inspect a beached coal freighter for possible fuel leaks Saturday as emergency crews began cleaning up after a wild storm lashed Australia's east coast, killing at least two people. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that worse was still to come, as winds were expected to crank up to gale force within hours. "The winds have dropped a little bit in some areas, now but we are expecting another surge of winds up the coast this afternoon (Saturday)," said forecaster Julie Evans. An aircraft flew over the stricken Panama-registered ship Pasha Bulker but found no signs of oil or fuel leaking from the 225-meter (738-foot) vessel, said New South Wales state maritime chief Neil Patchett.

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