Acid laden tanker sinks

A
tanker carrying 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid has sunk on the Rhine River in
Germany and police say two crew members are missing.

The
tanker’s other two crew were rescued, according to the authorities.

The
barge capsized near St Goarshausen, south of Koblenz. Officials say they do not
think any of its cargo leaked.

Thawing
ice and snow have caused flooding along the Rhine in recent days but it is not
known if the high river levels played a part in the incident.

German
media say rescuers are using thermal imaging equipment to help find the missing
crewmen.

One
of the missing is Czech, the other German, according to police.

The
tanker, the Waldhof, went down close to the renowned Loreley cliff near Mainz
and police said the river had been closed to shipping.

“There
does not appear to have been any acid leakage into the water, according to an
initial, provisional investigation,” Koblenz police spokesman Ralf
Schomisch said.

The
inland shipping authority says the tanker was heading from Ludwigshafen in
south-western Germany to Antwerp in Belgium.

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