Mauritius oil disaster: Stricken Japanese ship spits apart, remaining fuel spreads into waters

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A stricken Japanese oil tanker that’s leaked tons of oil into the Indian Ocean off the island nation of Mauritius split apart Saturday, spreading remaining fuel into the area. The Mauritius National Crisis Committee shared photos on social media of the MV Wakashio, saying the boat “split in two pieces” with tug boats “already at work.” “Booms had been placed already around the ship and the skimmer boat is also present as precautionary measures,” the group said.

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