Chile says burned Chinese ship sinks in Antarctic

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Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 7:04 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's navy says a Chinese factory fishing ship that burned fire last week off Antarctica has sunk without anyone on board.

The vessel Kai Xin caught fire and its 97 crew members were rescued by a Norwegian ship. Then it began to drift in unmanned and in flames, zigzagging dangerously close to glaciers.

The Chilean navy says an official representing the ship's owner confirmed that the vessel went down Sunday afternoon near Bransfield Strait at the Antarctic peninsula.

A Chilean navy tugboat is searching for the ship's remains and is ready to try to contain any oil spill.

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