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Captain Of Tanker Held After Oil Spill

Fri., Aug. 4, 1995

Police on Thursday arrested a tanker captain accused of negligence after his ship ran aground in a typhoon and spilled hundreds of tons of oil off South Korea’s scenic southern coast.

The Sea Prince ran aground last week during the fiercest typhoon to hit South Korea in 37 years. Some 193,000 gallons of fuel oil washed over 36 miles, killing hundreds of thousands of fish and fouling pristine beaches.

Police said captain Im Jong-min, 41, knew there was a typhoon warning but failed to take his ship to safety until it was too late.

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