Chemical tanker in trouble off France after collision
A chemical tanker carrying 6,000 tonnes of solvent was in difficulty and its crew were evacuated Friday after it collided with a freighter off France's Atlantic coast, maritime officials said.
The 120-metre (400-foot) Maltese-flagged YM Uranus was "taking in large amounts of water" after an apparent collision with a bulk carrier 50 nautical miles south-west off the island of Ouessant, they said.
The ship's 13-member crew took to the liferafts around 0330 GMT from where they were winched to safety by a helicopter, said the coastguard headquarters in the nearby Brittany town of Brest.
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