Oil pollutes Danube as Hungarian boat sinks

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2007, Regensburg, Germany - A Hungarian barge sank in the Danube river in Germany on Wednesday, releasing hundreds of litres of oil into the European waterway, which empties in the Black Sea.

14 November 2007

Regensburg, Germany - A Hungarian barge sank in the Danube river in Germany on Wednesday, releasing hundreds of litres of oil into the European waterway, which empties in the Black Sea.

Police blamed incompetence by workers loading the river-boat with 400 tons of iron ore in the riverside docks at Regensburg.

The cargo was dropped in one spot instead of being spread evenly along the hold, until the hull cracked under the strain.

The vessel was partly under water after the accident. Emergency crews said the cargo was being unloaded and the crack would then be welded together and the vessel would be refloated.

DPA

Subject: German news

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