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Chinese Fishing Vessel Runs Aground in Mauritius, Sparking Fears of Another Environmental Disaster

An aerial view taken on March 8, 2021, shows Chinese fishing vessel Lurong Yuan Yu that ran aground on reefs of Pointe-aux-Sables in Port Louis, Mauritius, on March 7, 2021. L'Express Maurice / AFP

Coastguard and security forces are racing to offload 130 tons of fuel and lubricants from a Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

The incident took place on Sunday when the 46-meter trawler hit a coral reef off Pointe-aux-Sables, not far from the capital Port Louis. So far, the vessel’s hull is still intact and there’s been only minimal leakage but authorities worry that the constant pounding of the waves could break the ship apart.

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