New Zealand oil spill becomes country’s worst maritime disaster

October 11, 2011

Volunteers take an oiled little blue penguin out of the pool at the wildlife facility in Tauranga, New Zealand. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

The boat crashed during calm weather for unknown reasons, and the ship’s owners Greece-based Costamare Inc gave no explanation for the grounding. However, the weather has since taken a turn for the worse, blocking all repair crews from stopping the spill, the Associated Press reports.

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