Oct. 18 - New Zealand salvage teams stop work as high seas make working on board stricken cargo ship too dangerous. Lily Grimes reports.
Rough seas force the salvage crew to leave this cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast. 350 tonnes of toxic fuel have already leaked in the country's worst maritime environmental disaster in decades. And bad weather is adding to the problem. The authorities fear the stern, which contains more than 1,000 tonnes of oil, may break away from the rest of the ship. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND TRANSPORT MINISTER, STEVEN JOYCE, SAYING: "We're in quite a critical phase for that ship over the next, probably, 24 hours, because of the weather conditions." The vessel's captain is due in court on Wednesday on charges of operating a ship in a dangerous manner. Lily Grimes, Reuters