The fire which raged on the oil tanker "Pacific Glory" off the Isle of Wight was extinguished today (25 October).
The fire which raged on the oil tanker "Pacific Glory" off the Isle of Wight was extinguished today (25 October). Firemen fought the blaze for 36 hours. The danger of their job was increased by the failure of tugs to turn the tanker's bow into the wind to prevent the fire in the stern from spreading. Three of the firemen were nearly swept away by heavy seas.
The Liberian-registered "Pacific Glory" ran aground on Friday after a collision with another tanker, the 46,000-ton "Allegro" in the English Channel, south of the Isle of Wight. Five of the stricken 42,000-ton tanker's 43 crew did and eight others are missing-believed dead.
A three-mile long oil slick was sighted drifting away from the tanker today (Sunday) and tugs are attempting to break it up. Two other slicks are being broken up by the sea and wind. Anti-pollution squads are on watch along the coast.