Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Acid tanker capsizes on River Rhine

Tug boats secure a tanker carrying 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid after the barge capsized on the Rhine (AP)
Tug boats secure a tanker which capsized on the Rhine near St Goarshausen, Germany (AP)

A tanker loaded with sulphuric acid has capsized on the Rhine in Germany and rescuers are trying to find two missing crew members.

It was not know why the ship capsized near St Goarshausen. The other two crew members were rescued.

The ship was carrying 2,400 tons of sulphuric acid. Initial measurements carried out downstream from the scene showed no abnormalities and there were no indications that the load was leaking, said shipping officials.

Authorities closed the river to shipping. They were working to secure the tanker.

The German-owned ship was on its way from Ludwigshafen in south-western Germany to Antwerp, Belgium.

The accident happened on a picturesque stretch of the Rhine near the famed Loreley cliff.

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