Nine people were missing following a spectacular collision on Saturday (2 June) between an American cargo ship and a Belgian oil tanker in New York Harbour.
TGV Ship on fire
GV & LV Smoke and flames (2 shots)
GV & TGV Fire fighters (4 shots)
SV Rescued seamen (3 shots)
MTV Injured man being looked after
SV Rescue boat docks
LV & GV Ships on fire (3 shots)
GV Fire fighting ship and jets of water
GV Day scenes - water pouring from ship
GV Fire boats still spraying ships
GV Separating damaged ships
Initials ES. 0.44 ES. 1.16
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Nine people were missing following a spectacular collision on Saturday (2 June) between an American cargo ship and a Belgian oil tanker in New York Harbour.
Thousands of people crowded both sides of the harbour as the burning ships locked together, drifted southwards. The collision occurred at the narrow mouth of the harbour, underneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge -- one of the world's longest suspension bridges.
The tanker, the Esso Brussels, was at anchor about a mile north of the bridge, loaded with 313,000 barrels of crude oil, when the cargo ship, the Sea Witch, collided into it.
Shortly before the collision, the Sea Witch had sailed from New York with a cargo, described only as "Red Listed", meaning dangerous. Two Coast Guards Units, the Office of the Captain of the Port and the office of Marine Inspection, have launched investigations into the cause of the disaster. A board form the marine Inspection office will eventually make an official enquiry.