The grounding of a ship off Christmas Island, an Australian territory, is turning into an environmental disaster, according to local news reports.
A Panama-flagged cargo ship carrying phosphate, the MV Tycoon split in two at Flying Fish Cove off Christmas Island Sunday afternoon. Local authorities say a huge swell ripped the ship from its moorings. Experts warned that the spill was a potential disaster for the ecologically important area, with crabs, birds and coral all threatened.
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The MV Tycoon broke up just hours after the container Rena broke up off New Zealand.