Chilean Navy on Standby After Ferry Accident

Two vessels from the Chilean Navy fleet have been deployed to inspect and prevent the possible fuel leaks after a ferry accident.

 

The Navimag ferry Amadeo I struck a rock and started listing in the Kirke pass, 50 kilometers southwest of Puerto Natales. The ferry was carrying 17 passengers and 28 crew, all of which have been safely evacuated.

The ferry, which has a 4.500 tons freight capacity, is listing 60 degrees, but will not sink due to its bow on the beach.

General Boat Service (LSG) Puerto Natales and the patrol vessel Piloto Sibbald are at the site of the accident, prepared to contain any spill.

Naval Today Staff, August 19, 2014; Image: Chilean Navy

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