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Thursday, 14 June, 2001, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Tanker carrying toxic chemical capsizes

An Indonesian tanker carrying hundreds of tonnes of a highly toxic chemical has capsized in the straits between Singapore and Malaysia.

The 13-strong crew of the ship has been rescued, but some of its cargo - the corrosive chemical, phenol - has leaked into the sea.

Officials say the extent of the spillage is not yet clear, but large numbers of dead fish have been seen nearby.

The authorities in Singapore are warning people not to eat seafood caught near the wreck.

The BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent says the shipping lanes between Singapore and Malaysia are among the busiest in the world and small-scale spills of fuel and chemicals occur frequently.

The tanker was carrying 600 tonnes of phenol and was making its way from Malaysia to Indonesia.

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