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MV Wakashio – another sad twist in the story
The article, though last week, is relevant as it shows just how difficult the incident is proving to manage.
Events in Mauritius took a tragic turn on Monday night as a tug boat involved in the cleanup operation from the Wakashio sunk, killing three of its crew members. The tug boat, Sir Gaëtan Duval, operated by the Mauritius Port Authority, was towing an empty oil barge that was to be positioned near the wreck for any future oil pumping that might have been required.
According to the media reports, the tug was caught in rough seas and the barge it was towing struck the tug, damaging its hull and causing it to sink. There were eight crew members aboard the tug and in a search and rescue operation four of the crew members were recovered in a lifeboat and taken to the local hospital. Two crew members were reported as missing with the search ongoing and the bodies of two crew members who had died in the accident were recovered. Today, September 1, the body of an additional crew member was also recovered bringing the death toll to three, and one person, the Captain, remains missing.
On a positive note, the UK is supporting the incident clean up with staff from CEFAS on the ground assisting the strategic management of the clean up. CEFAS have developed a programme called PREMIAM which is a process of pulling together expert guidance and integrated decision making and co-ordination of efforts to manage the post incident spill and environmental response. It seeks to apply best practice in terms of science and co-ordination of post spill monitoring and impact assessment.