Police arrest 2 from ship that crashed on reef

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 16:42

Sydney: A Chinese ship captain and a chief
officer have been arrested and charged with causing damage to
the Great Barrier Reef, more than a week after their coal
carrier ran aground, leaking oil and tearing a two-mile gash
in the protected area.

The Australian Federal Police said the master of the
vessel and the chief officer on watch during the April 3
grounding would appear in court tomorrow.

The 47-year-old master is charged with liability for
damage, and faces a maximum fine of USD 51,200.

The 44-year-old chief officer is accused of being in
charge of the vessel during the grounding, and faces up to
three years in prison.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 16:42

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