This could be catastrophic if it leaks, sulphuric acid in the river could only escalate into a mess to say the least. There are no reports of it
leaking yet beu hopefully she stays tight. I I will supply further links for those interested.
The 360-foot tanker Waldhof, bound for the Belgium port of Antwerp, rolled over near the town of St. Goarshausen where the Rhine flows through a
narrow gorge famed for the high slate Lorelei cliffs.
Concerned that the Waldhof's cargo of highly corrosive liquid might spill into the river authorities decided to close Europe's busiest waterway to
Martin Maurmann, a spokesman for Germany's Federal Shipping Agency, said he was unsure just how long the river would remain closed.
Experts warned that high water levels and strong currents could hamper salvage efforts.
Police also launched a "desperate" search for two missing sailors, using helicopters and infrared cameras to comb a river swollen with melted snow and
with water temperatures at 4 degrees Celsius.
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Two other crewmen were taken to hospital after being rescued, and police said they were "in a good condition given the circumstances".
Ralf Schomisch, a maritime police spokesman, said that an initial assessment of the ship's hull had revealed no significant damage and "there does not
seem to have been any acid leakage into the water". Large sections of the ship's infrastructure did, however, sustain significant damage.
The cause of the sinking was unclear. "We cannot explain why the tanker capsized," said Mr Schomisch. "There was no involvement with another ship. The
ship was moving normally when it suddenly disappeared from radar screens."
The Rhine at Lorelei narrows to just 24 yards and has an infamous reputation for its treacherous waters and hidden rocks.
According to local legend, a beautiful siren bewitches sailors on the river causing them to wreck their boats.
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